Augustana University Professor to Perform Recital at USD

Image Rick Andrews Rick Andrews, Augustana University music professor

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Augustana University music professor Rick Andrews will present a free lecture-recital Thursday, Jan. 28, in Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on the USD campus. The presentation, “Exploring the Many Wonders of Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit,” will consist of an illustrated lecture and a performance of the Ravel work “Gaspard de la Nuit.”

Andrews is an award-winning teacher and performer whose career spans more than three decades. He is currently professor of music at the Sioux Falls, South Dakota, university where he is director of the keyboard area, teaches music theory, applied piano, piano literature, and piano pedagogy. In 2015, Andrews received the coveted Augustana Student Association Faculty Recognition Award for his service both in and out of the classroom.

Known for his innovative performances and lectures, Andrews remains active as a performer of solo, chamber, and concerto repertoire throughout the upper Midwest. 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 Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Tuesday Musical Club Solo Competitions, 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 piano soloist with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News