Norman Leroy Krogstad

1922 - 2004

Norman Krogstad was an accomplished and versatile musician who directed bands, orchestras, and choirs in Seventh-day Adventist schools for over 20 years. He was a popular and successful teacher with a whimsical sense of humor, a warm, friendly, and open personality, and a contagious and enthusiastic approach to life and music making.

Krogstad was born in Elk Horn, Iowa, a small community of less than a thousand, surrounded by open rolling countryside. His father was an interior decorator and auctioneer and his mother was a seamstress. From his earliest years, he was interested in music and participated in both school choirs and bands.

After graduating from the local high school in 1938, he waited a year and then enrolled at Union College, where he studied music until 1942. At that time he accepted an offer from Enterprise Academy in Kansas to direct the band and choir and teach speech and Bible. During that year he completed an undergraduate degree with a general science major and music minor at Kansas State Agriculture College, now Kansas State University.

Immediately following graduation from KSAC in August 1943, Krogstad entered the U.S. Army where he became a chaplain's assistant in the 25th Infantry. He served in the Pacific Theater of operations from June 1944 to February 1946, doing five months of combat duty in the Philippines on the island of Luzon. He received a Bronze Star for his service.

Krogstad returned to EA following his discharge in February 1946 and continued there until 1948. During the summers of 1946 through 1948, he completed requirements for a B.Mus. at the MacPhail College of Music and, in the fall of 1948, entered Northwestern University where he completed an M.Mus. in June 1949.

That fall, he went to Southern Missionary College, now Southern Adventist University, where he taught music theory, music education, and lessons and directed the band and choir for eight years. From 1957 until 1962, he taught music education, instrument lessons, directed the band, and led the music department at Washington Missionary College, now Washington Adventist University.

While at CUC, he continued study at Maryland University and completed class work for a doctorate in musicology and theory at Catholic University of America. He did extensive research for a dissertation titled Frederick Jacobi, his Life and Contribution to American Music, but did not complete it.

Krogstad taught general music and English in a junior high school in Montgomery County, Maryland, during the 1962-63 school year, and then accepted an offer to teach at Andrews University in 1963. In his time at AU, he taught music theory at both undergraduate and graduate levels, gave brass lessons, and directed the brass choir and band. He left the university in 1968.

After living for a short while in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Krogstad moved to Longwood, Florida, in 1972, where he assisted in the music programs at Forest City Elementary School and Forest Lake Academy, and worked part-time in the Florida Hospital in Orlando. He was living in Apopka, Florida, at the time of his accidental death at age 82.


Sources: Andrews University Biographical Information file (completed by Norman Krogstad in 1965). Obituaries: Orlando Sentinel, 9 April 2004; Review and Herald, 22 July 2004; and Southern Tidings, December 2004; email from Adell Claypool at the time of his accidental death; personal knowledge.