Rick Orpen

Faculty

Professor in Music and Music - Instrumental

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

Areas of Expertise

Jazz musician

Interests

Family



Courses Taught

Current

MUS-112 (Music Theory II), MUS-123 (Guitar Class), MUS-177 (Percussion Ensemble), MUS-212 (Music Theory IV), MUS-260 (Percussion), MUS-266 (Classical Guitar), MUS-267 (Jazz Guitar), MUS-360 (Percussion), MUS-366 (Classical Guitar), MUS-367 (Jazz Guitar), and MUS-396 (Honors in Composition)

Past
Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
MUS-177Percussion Ensemble602013/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-212Music Theory IV292013/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-260Percussion282013/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-211Music Theory III262012/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-175Guitar Ensemble202008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, and 2003/FA
MUS-396Honors in Composition162013/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-282Jazz Guitar162008/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-117Improvisation122012/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-334Guitar Techniques112013/SP, 2011/SP, 2009/SP, 2007/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
MUS-111Music Theory I112011/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, and 2001/FA
MUS-280Classical Guitar112008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/FA, and 2000/SP
MUS-366Classical Guitar102013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, and 2008/FA
MUS-367Jazz Guitar102013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, and 2008/FA
MUS-266Classical Guitar102013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, and 2008/FA
MUS-267Jazz Guitar102013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, and 2008/FA
MUS-360Percussion92013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, and 2008/FA
MUS-112Music Theory II52013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, and 2009/SP
MUS-123Guitar Class42012/SP, 2010/SP, 2008/SP, and 2006/SP
MUS-338Brass and Percussion Techniques42008/FA, 2006/FA, 2004/FA, and 2002/FA
MUS-113Jazz Combo42004/JN, 2003/JN, 2001/JN, and 2000/JN
MUS-506Music Technology32001/SU, 2000/SU, and 1999/SU
MUS-340Percussion Techniques22013/SP and 2011/SP
MUS-372Advanced Theory and Composition12004/SP
MUS-268Career Exploration12004/JN
MUS-337Brass and Percussion Techniques for Instrumental Majors12002/FA

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.