Past Artist Practitioner In Residence

Aaron Strumpel
Artist Practitioner In-Residence, 2012-13

Aaron StrumpelBased on a long-standing relationship with George Fox University, Aaron Strumpel joined the University community as artist practitioner in residence for the fall semester 2012. Aaron's work at George Fox centered around mentoring student music ensembles including Shalom and Chapel band, culminating in the development of a performance with students at the semester's end..

About Aaron

Strumpel is a nationally renowned songwriter, artist missionary and worship leader. His heart beats for leading the body of Christ deeper into worship, justice and peace through his vocation as an artist.

Aaron Strumpel

Born and raised in southeast Iowa, Strumpel is a graduate of Wartburg College, where he studied music education, religion and jazz. From 2002 to 2006, Aaron performed with The Restoration Project. In 2006, he launched his solo career with Chair & Microphone: Vol. 2, a collaboration with the creative worship collective, Enter the Worship Circle. Since then, his prolific and creative energy has been at the center of seven full-length albums and four EP’s.

In 2009, Strumpel released a series of albums marking a bold departure from his earlier, stripped-down approach. The first of this defining series, Elephants (2009), won Calvin College's Festival of Faith and Arts. The second, Birds (2011), earned him a feature in the first Relevant Magazine issue of 2012. Both have received high praise from Christianity Today, Paste Magazine and Relevant Magazine. Strumpel will complete the series with his November 2012 release, Buffaloes.

Strumpel’s imaginative, artistic and missional projects include partnerships with Todd Fadel of Agents of Future, Enter the Worship Circle, Word Made Flesh, Restoration Village, Brian McLaren, and together with Karla Adolphe as The Emporiums.

Elephant Trio: George Fox University Live SessionsElephant Trio: George Fox University Live Sessions
Released Jan., 2013

Magic still happens…it was sunny in Oregon when I picked up my friend and fiddler Cameron Schenk in Portland and drove the forty-five minutes to Newberg to meet Nolan Staples, the brilliant upright bass player at George Fox University. We descended into the video studio on campus and began an impromptu session on three songs from the acclaimed Elephants record. Little did we know or expect that there was going to be a birthing of an orchestra within that little space in that little window of time. I sincerely hope these songs get you the way the originals did, the plodding, heavy, dogged heart of the Elephant pushing you further into your journey, one more day through the wilderness.

Record Reviews

"A gloriously disheveled affair…a holy hoedown!" - Christianity Today on Birds Read More...

"Huge…Emotion-Soaked…Dreamy…Driving" - Relevant Magazine on Birds

Relevant's 2010 Top 25 Christmas Song - "Predictably, great!" - Relevant Magazine on Christmas!

"Aaron Strumpel worships as if his life is hanging in the balance." - Christianity Today on Vespers I & I I Read More...

"5 Stars" and "A stunning achievement." - Christianity Today on Elephants Read More...

"... refuses to be tamed and gives you something to ruminate on during and after the listening experience." - Relevant Magazine on Elephants Read More...

"Utterly striking and original, Strumpel's music accentuates the soul in both the music and the words." - Paste Magazine on Elephants Read More...

"And to say authentic is to understate Strumpel. He feels as real as the dust that layers your arms when you've spent the day playing soccer with children in an orphanage in Mexico, complete with the pain that sticks to your heart." - Worship Leader Magazine - On Enter The Worship Circle: Chair & Microphone II

"Strumpel's passionate, percussive playing, slam-poet phrasing, and raspy, unrestrained delivery add an edge that nudges the conversation from merely interesting to incredibly engaging." - Phantom Tollbooth on Enter The Worship Circle: Chair & Microphone II Read More...

"Raw acoustic, honest lyrics, soulful voice with and a gritty edginess that comes from letting your heart bleed into your art." - The Porpoise Diving Life on Enter The Worship Circle: Chair & Microphone II

Aaron Strumpel