Andrews Named 2014-15 Faculty Recognition Award Recipient
Acclaimed pianist Dr. Rick Andrews, professor of music, is the recipient of the 2014-2015 Augustana Student Association (ASA) Faculty Recognition Award. The award recognizes outstanding teaching and contributions to the Augustana Community by a faculty member.
Students nominate professors they feel display one or more of the five core values of the College (Christian, Liberal Arts, Excellence, Community, Service) as well as how those faculty members have positively impacted their experiences at Augustana.
Following are excerpts from Dr. Andrews' nominations:
"He is not only a teacher, but a mentor and friend. Along with being able to make anybody laugh, he is genuinely concerned for the well-being of every student of his. He is someone who will ask you why you seem sad that day, and someone you can tell why. The best thing about Dr. Andrews is even if you are having the worst day of your life, your mood is almost instantly lightened after one conversation with him."
"Often times, and this semester more than before, he will start class by giving us a pep talk about how much music has paid off for him, and how all of this hard work will be worth it in the end. He expresses to us that he knows that we work hard and that we put in lots of effort, and that he wants more than anything for us to succeed. He is really just an all-around great guy – he definitely pushes us to the max and he doesn’t let us just do the bare minimum to just get by. I believe that he genuinely cares about all of us and wants us to be successful in everything."
"Whether a student is having problems with music theory, has questions about the major, or just wants to talk about something, Dr. Andrews is always there to help, and it contributes greatly to the Augie community to have a professor who is so open to students and so willing to answer their questions and advocate for them. ... He is a rare gift to Augustana and a tremendous asset to the music department. Because his classes are quite small, he is not terribly well known across campus, but those of us who have been blessed to know him love him and think that he is one of the best and most genuine professors on campus."
Andrews teaches applied piano, piano pedagogy, piano literature, and music theory. He 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.
He began his collegiate 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 bachelor's and master's degrees, specializing 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.
Throughout his professional career, Andrews 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 been named a gold medalist in the International Piano Recording Competition, sponsored by the National Guild of Piano Teachers, and 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.
As the ASA Faculty Award recipient, Andrews is invited to speak at Senior Celebration over Commencement weekend. This year, Senior Celebration is set for Friday, May 22.