Victor Labenske, D.M.A.

Professor of Music

Dr. Victor Labenske is professor of music at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California, where he teaches courses in piano and composition. A summa cum laude graduate of PLNU, he earned his master's degree in piano performance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Joanne Baker. He also earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance at the University of Southern California, where he studied with Stewart Gordon.

Labenske has been honored with such distinctions as playing in the opening ceremonies of the 1984 Olympic Games and being named an Academic All-American Scholar. His compositional output, over 500 published compositions and arrangements, includes sacred piano collections; educational piano music; and music for violin and piano, voice and piano, and handbells. Labenske remains active as a concert artist as soloist and a collaborative performer and enjoys performing with his wife, soprano Judith Spaite Labenske. The Labenskes have two college-age children, Karlin and Kristofer.


  • D.M.A., Piano Performance, University of Southern California
  • M.M., Piano Performance, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Conservatory of Music
  • B.A., Music (Piano Performance), Point Loma Nazarene University

Courses Taught

  • Private Piano – MUA 156 – 456
  • Private Composition – MUC 252 – 452
  • Piano Literature – MUH 311
  • Piano Pedagogy – MUE 311
  • Piano Proficiency Skills – MUA 143

Experience in Field

  • Research objectives: Manuscript and composer study of contemporary composers (including Alberto Ginastera and Ross Lee Finney)
  • Point Loma Nazarene University (San Diego, CA), Professor, 1987 – present

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Director of Worship, Classic Service, San Diego First Church of the Nazarene
  • Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
  • American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP)
  • Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC)

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  •  MTAC State Convention, Presenter on “New Music Review,” July 2016
  • MTAC State Convention, Presenter on Alfred Publishing Showcase, July 2016
  • MTNA National Conference, Invited Presenter, “Creative Strategies for the Worship Pianist,” April 2016
  • Piano Extravaganza, October 2016, PLNU
  • “An Interview with E. L. Lancaster, Part I.” CAPMT Connect 2.1 (Fall 2016): 14-17
  • “Lead Me to Calvary” and “Thine is the Glory” in The Prince of Glory, Dayton, OH: Lillenas/Lorenz, 2016
  • Christmas Impressions, Dayton, OH: Lillenas/Lorenz, April 2016
  • Sunday Morning Blended Worship Companion, Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Publ., March 2016
  • Sunday Morning Praise Duet Companion, Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Publ., April 2015
  • Wonderful Washington, Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Publ., January 2015