Professor of Music - Piano/Music Theory, Head of Division of Visual and Performing Arts
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- Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Minnesota (1983)
Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota (1979)
Bachelor of Music from Augsburg College (1974)
To hear live performances click on the following YouTube links:
Liszt: Etude on a them by Paganini
Chopin: Ballade in F Minor
Liszt: Chapelle de Wilhelm Tell
Chopin: Nocturne, Op. 9, no. 1
Liszt: Vallee de Obermann
Ron Albrecht: Two Portraits for Saxophone and Computer Soundscape
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Dr. Ronald Albrecht received his Bachelor of Music degree from Augsburg College, and his Master of Fine Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Albrecht is currently Professor of Music at Simpson College where he teaches piano, music theory, Discovering Music, and The History of Rock and Roll. He also serves as chair of the Division of Fine Arts.
He has received the Excellence in Teaching award fromSimpsonCollege, national certification from the Music Teachers National Association, and has been awarded the Master Teacher Certificate, and the Professional Certificate by the M.T.N.A. In 2005, he received the Faculty Service Award from the Simpson College Alumni Association.
He performs on and off campus as a pianist and is an adjudicator for piano-related events. Most recently he has performed at the North American Saxophone Alliance Annual Conference held in Columbia, South Carolina, and in recitals in Greensboro, North Carolina, at Drake University, Northwestern College, Graceland College, Central College, and at Simpson College.
As a composer, he has compositions published by Roncorp Publishing Inc. (New Jersey), by Alberta Keys Music Publishing Co. Ltd, in Calgary, Canada, by Shawnee Press (Texas), by Northeastern Publications, Tap Music Incorporated, Palliser Publications. He has received commissions from the Iowa Music Teachers Association and the National Music Teachers Association, the Iowa Arts Council, and the Iowa Composers Forum. He was the 2006 winner of the Marilynn Etzel composition commission award.
He appears on four CDs: Through the Years, which features solo piano live performances over a 20 year period; Silver, with flautist Sandra Wacha; Aeterna and Timescape with saxophonist, Dr. Camwell.
General approach to teaching: ” I believe that each piano student is a unique individual and needs my willingness and ability to adapt and adjust in order to help that student reach his or her full potential. In music, it is particularly important that students learn through self-discovery. Each student should be invited into dialog with others, whether in my classroom or in my teaching studio. Part of my role as a teacher is to provide them with the tools necessary to succeed in music beyond their Simpson experience. It is vital to begin empowering students the moment they arrive on this campus. I also believe that learning is achieved through the asking of questions. This allows further opportunities for students to discover the answers themselves.”
During the fall semester of 2012, Dr. Albrecht completed his fourth sabbatical leave creating composition projects generated through and assisted by computers and electronics. Through the use of Reason 6.0 by Propeller Head, he created several new electro-acoustic compositions.
Dr. Albrecht and his wife, Barb, have three children. Beth is a social worker in Chicago. Katie is a middle school art teacher in Johnston, and David, a recent graduate of Drake Law School, is working at a legal firm in Des Moines.
Dr. Albrecht volunteers extensively at Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Indianola. He is a founding and charter member of Warren County Habitat for Humanity and has volunteered as a wish granter for the Make a Wish Foundation of Iowa. In his spare time, he enjoys many outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking in Rocky Mountains, and traveling to historic sites around the country.