Bachelor of Science in Education, Concordia University, 1951. Master of Music, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1955. Doctor of Music, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1968.
Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Concordia University, Nebraska, 2000. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, 2001. Doctor in Sacred Music (honorary), Valparaiso University, 2002.
Teacher, director music Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Louis, 1951-1953, Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisconsin, 1953-1959. Professor music Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois, 1959-1991, distinguished professor music, 1987, professor emeritus, since 1991.
Member Association Lutheran Church Musicians (life), Pi Kappa Lambda, Sigma Alpha Iota.
Married Gloria Rose Bonnin, August 20, 1960. Children: Kathryn, Virginia, Jonathan.