Dr. Rick Andrews
Director of Keyboard Activities/Theory Instructor
Rick Andrews has achieved national recognition as a performer of solo and concerto repertoire, and continues to perform throughout the United States. He has received high honors at major competitions and festivals including the Greater Southwest Music Festival, the Mountain View Concerto Competition, the Dallas Civic Symphony Concerto Competition, the Tuesday Musical Club Solo Competition, the Sawhill Piano Competition, and the International Beethoven Sonata Competition. He has also been named a Gold Medalist in the International Piano Recording Competition, sponsored by the National Guild of Piano Teachers. He has performed as soloist with several orchestras, including the Dallas Civic Symphony Orchestra, the Milledgeville Chamber Orchestra, the Arkansas Chamber Orchestra, and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra under the direction of guest conductor, Timothy Russell.
Andrews began his college training as a student of Pierrette Mouledous at Eastfield College of the Dallas County Community College District. Later, his principal studies in performance were with Alfred Mouledous at Southern Methodist University where he earned the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy. Pedagogy studies were under the tutelage of Louise Bianchi and David Karp. Andrews continued performance studies at the University of Colorado under the guidance of Peter Amstutz and Paul Parmelee and received the degree, Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance.
Currently, Andrews is Director of Keyboard where he teaches applied piano, piano pedagogy, piano literature, and music theory. He has previously taught on the faculties of Georgia College, Arkansas College, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and the Interlochen National Music Camp, the Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony Piano Camp, and the famed Piano Preparatory Program at Southern Methodist University.
Dr. Kimberly Svanoe
Piano and Music Appreciation Instructor
Dr. Kimberly Utke Svanoe graduated with a BS degree in Vocal and String Music Education, with a piano performance emphasis from Minot State College (ND). She is also a graduate with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston. There she studied piano with Theodore Lettvin and vocal accompanying with Allen Rogers. She holds the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from NEC and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. At Iowa, Dr. Svanoe was a conducting student of Dr. Don Moses and of Albert Gammon in vocal accompaniment. Svanoe is active as a performer, teacher, church musician and accompanist.
Marilyn Schempp '79
Organ and Oboe Instructor
Marilyn Schempp is organ and beginning class piano instructor and chapel organist, while also maintaining a private piano and oboe studio in her home. As an adjudicator, she has judged for area Piano Guild auditions, the National Federation of Piano, MTNA, and local festivals. She is also the principal organist and assistant music director at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Marilyn is an active member of the American Guild of Organists, where she has served as dean of the South Dakota chapter and director of the Organ Academy. She served as president of the Music Teacher’s National Organization and as the competition chair for the state of SD. For two years, she served as the regional secretary/treasurer for the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. Marilyn has performed on oboe, harpsichord, piano and organ with the South Dakota Symphony, has played oboe with the Sioux Falls Municipal Band, and accompanies high school and college students in competitions, juries and recitals. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Augustana College in both vocal and instrumental music, and her master of music degree in organ performance (with additional coursework in piano) from the University of South Dakota.
Solveig Steen is a piano instructor. She was a state winner in the National Federation of Student Musicians competition and has attained further success in regional competitions. She received her bachelor of arts in music education degree at Augustana College and her master’s degree in music–piano performance from the University of Michigan. She has done additional study at Michigan State University, the University of Minnesota and the University of Southern Illinois. She studied piano with J. Earl Lee, Robert Hord, Bernhard Weiser and Ruth Slenczynska. As a recipient of the graduate Council Scholarship, she continued her studies in piano with the duo-piano team Namenoff and Luboshutz at Michigan State University, where she was featured soloist with the Michigan State University Orchestra.