Rick Orpen

Faculty and Emeriti

Rick Orpen is the recipient of the 2009 Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching and a member of the Music Faculty at Gustavus Adolphus College where he teaches courses in music theory, composition, percussion, jazz improvisation and guitar. He earned his B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. in Music from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Orpen is an active performer on guitar, bass guitar and percussion instruments, and performs regularly with the Jim Whitman Jazz Trio/Duo, the James McGuire Jazz Trio/Duo, Charmin Michelle with the Jim Whitman Trio, and the Gustavus Faculty Jazz Quartet.

Dr. Orpen is an accomplished composer and arranger. His Marimba Duos are published by Keyboard Percussion Publications and his CD, Live from the Chestnut Tree Cafe'©, features his jazz compositions. His performance credits include the Ordway Music Theater, Plymouth Music Series, Walker Art Center, and Owatonna Arts Center, as well as numerous regional gigs and Gustavus events including Nobel Concert and A Royal Affair. Dr. Orpen is a former president of the Minnesota Music Theory Consortium.

Education

PhD University of Minnesota


Courses Taught

Past
Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
MUS-177 Percussion Ensemble 66 2016/SP, 2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, and 2003/FA
MUS-212 Music Theory IV 35 2016/SP, 2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
MUS-260 Percussion 34 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/FA, 2001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/FA
MUS-211 Music Theory III 30 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, 2001/FA, 2000/FA, and 1999/FA
MUS-175 Guitar Ensemble 20 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, and 2003/FA
MUS-396 Honors in Composition 19 2016/SP, 2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, and 2004/SP
MUS-282 Jazz Guitar 16 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/FA, 2001/SP, 2000/FA, 2000/SP, 1999/FA, and 1999/SP
MUS-360 Percussion 15 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, and 2008/FA
MUS-366 Classical Guitar 14 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, and 2008/FA
MUS-367 Jazz Guitar 14 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, and 2008/FA
MUS-267 Jazz Guitar 14 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, and 2008/FA
MUS-266 Classical Guitar 14 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, and 2008/FA
MUS-334 Guitar Techniques 12 2015/SP, 2013/SP, 2011/SP, 2009/SP, 2007/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
MUS-117 Improvisation 12 2012/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
MUS-111 Music Theory I 11 2011/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, and 2001/FA
MUS-280 Classical Guitar 11 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/FA, and 2000/SP
MUS-112 Music Theory II 8 2016/SP, 2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, and 2009/SP
MUS-123 Guitar Class 6 2016/SP, 2014/SP, 2012/SP, 2010/SP, 2008/SP, and 2006/SP
MUS-340 Percussion Techniques 4 2017/SP, 2015/SP, 2013/SP, and 2011/SP
MUS-338 Brass and Percussion Techniques 4 2008/FA, 2006/FA, 2004/FA, and 2002/FA
MUS-113 Jazz Combo 4 2004/JN, 2003/JN, 2001/JN, and 2000/JN
MUS-506 Music Technology 3 2001/SU, 2000/SU, and 1999/SU
MUS-189 Jazz Combo 2 2015/SP
MUS-372 Advanced Theory and Composition 1 2004/SP
MUS-268 Career Exploration 1 2004/JN
MUS-337 Brass and Percussion Techniques for Instrumental Majors 1 2002/FA
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.