The Simpson College Department of Music is proud to welcome Dr. Brian Rodesch as Visiting Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies. Dr. Rodesch joins us from the University of Minnesota-Morris, serves as the soprano saxophonist in the Minneapolis-based Caprice Saxophone Quartet, and is a founding member of the Nexus Duo. His extensive performance background has brought him to the Montreaux and North Sea Jazz Festivals, and he was a featured performer with the University of Northern Colorado Wind Ensemble on their tour of China.
Dr. Rodesch brings a strong teaching background, a deep interest and knowledge in many different musical styles and genres, and an enthusiasm for the capability and potential of students. He says “I love working with students of this age for a few reasons: one, they’re like sponges-if they keep an open mind, work hard, and are engaged in their learning, they just absorb everything. And with this, their improvement and development is so rapid it’s almost frightening. It’s so rewarding to see this happen, and to see their confidence and passion for music continue to grow.”
In addition to teaching, directing, and performing, Dr. Rodesch will also build on the strong foundation and tradition of the Jazz Festival and Jazz Camp at Simpson. These programs are tailored to the continued development of high school musicians. The Jazz Festival, a two-day event held January 25th and 26th, 2018, brings together many of the finest high school jazz ensembles in the state for dynamic input and feedback from a top-notch judges panel. Next summer’s Jazz Camp groups aspiring jazz musicians into combos for a unique and effective week of jazz immersion.
Dr. Rodesch earned his D.A. in Saxophone Performance and Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado, his M.M. from East Carolina University, and his B.M. from the University of Minnesota. He is also a Conn-Selmer and Dahlke Mouthpiece performing artist.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Rodesch to campus!