Dr. Rick Andrews
Keyboard and Theory
Rick Andrews is an award-winning teacher and performer whose distinguished career spans more than three decades. He is currently Professor of Music at Augustana, where he is Director of the keyboard area and teaches music theory, applied piano, piano literature and piano pedagogy. In 2015, Andrews earned the Augustana Student Association (ASA) Faculty Recognition Award, which recognizes outstanding teaching and contributions to the Augustana Community by a faculty member.
Known for his innovative performances and lectures, Andrews remains active as a performer of solo, chamber, and concerto repertoire throughout the upper Midwest region. He has won 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.
Andrews has appeared as a piano soloist with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, the Arkansas Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the Dallas Civic Symphony Orchestra, and the Milledgeville Chamber Orchestra. 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.
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 a doctor of musical arts in piano performance.
Shu Li serves as a member of the piano faculty at Augustana University and Artist-Faculty at the Omaha Conservatory of Music. She received a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from The University of Kanas and Master of Music degree in piano performance from Illinois State University, both with distinction.
Dr. Li founded International Music Exchange Association (IMEA) in 2010 and worked as the president until 2015. IMEA organized many large international music and culture exchange-related activities, such as “Gulangyu 2011 Fall American Music Week,” “KU International Music Exchange Fall 2012 China Tour,” “2015 Shanghai Spring International Music Festival,” and other musical outreach programs.
Dr. Li also has been an active performer of solo and chamber music throughout the United States, China, and Europe. World premiers include famous composer David Maslanka‘s. David’s Book, A Carl Sandburg Reader. Some remarkable pieces were recorded by Albany Inc. in 2007- 2008 and released worldwide. Other premiere performances include A Concert of Premieres, Presidents’ Concert, etc. for various operas, choirs, and symphonies. Dr. Li has won many honors and prize awards in piano competitions such as 2007s Aria Concerto competition, and the Frist Prize winner of 2009s Kansas Music Teachers Association Collegiate Artist Competition.
Organ, Piano and Oboe Instructor
Marilyn Schempp is an 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, Music Teachers National Association, and local festivals. She is also the principal organist and assistant music director at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls.
Schempp 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. In 2012 she was elected to serve on the national council of the American Guild of Organists as the North Central Region Councillor, an eight-state area. She served as president of the Music Teacher’s National Organization and as the competition chair for the state of South Dakota. For two years, she served as the regional secretary/treasurer for the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.
She 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 University 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. Schempp accompanies the three Augustana choirs when requested to do so and serves on the planning committee for the annual Christmas Vespers programs. In 2017, Marilyn accompanied the Augustana Choir on their European Tour. In addition to accompanying the Choir, she performed a 30-minute concert on the Bach organ at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig.