Keyboard Faculty

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.

Marilyn Schempp '79

Organ, Piano and Oboe Instructor


Marilyn Schempp holds a B.A. in Vocal and Instrumental Music from Augustana University in Sioux Falls and a Master’s of Music in Organ Performance (with additional study in piano and harpsichord) from the University of South Dakota. For over 30 years Marilyn has taught piano privately. She also teaches organ and beginning class piano at Augustana University and is the chapel organist. Marilyn is an active member of the American Guild of Organists where she has served as Dean of the South Dakota Chapter, Director of the SD Chapter’s Organ Academy, and as a committee member and director of six Pipe Organ Encounter Camps for her chapter. From 2012-2018, Marilyn served as the Regional Councillor for the North Central Region of the American Guild of Organists—an eight state region. She is also active in the Music Teacher’s National Association where she was the state competition chair for 8 years. In the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians she was the secretary/treasurer of Region 3 for 2 years andserved on two of the regional convention committees. Since 2017 she has taught organ and piano at the International Music Camp. As a church musician, she has played organ and directed adult, children, and handbell choirs. Marilyn has performed solo organ recitals, oboe with the Sioux Falls Municipal Band, and oboe, piano, harpsichord and organ with the South Dakota Symphony. She also accompanies high school and college students in competitions, juries, and recitals and has accompanied the South Dakota Honor’s Choir and All-State Chorus.