Professor of Music
Fellow of the American Guild of Organists
D.Music.Arts., University of Colorado
M.Mus., University of Colorado
A.B., Lebanon Valley College
Jan Helmut Wubbena’s hometown is the capital of the first state to ratify the constitution. If you cannot identify this city, he would encourage you to do some research. He is a lover of history and historical detail, so it should come as no surprise that at JBU he teaches music history and literature. In high school he was a strong math-science type, so it should come as no surprise that he teaches music theory and analysis. He began piano lessons in third grade, children’s church choir in fourth grade, and organ lessons in the ninth grade. Again, no surprise: he has been an employed church musician from the age of 16 to the present day.
Wubbena's doctorate is from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and he is a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists. He has been a member of the JBU music faculty and Director of Music and Organist at Grace Episcopal Church in Siloam Springs since 1977. Dr. Wubbena was unattached at that time; three years later he married one of his colleagues in the music department. Their son Rob served in the U.S. Army for over seven years and now lives with his wife, Lori, in Columbus, GA, where he works for TSYS, a credit card processing company. Daughter Mary is a veteran of the Peace Corps, having served two years in Togo, West Africa, and now works for the National Research Laboratory in Los Alamos, NM.
In his spare time Dr. Wubbena enjoys travel in the U.S. and abroad, classic cinema, work in his yard and the culinary arts. He also practices yoga – his double pigeon pose is truly awesome.