Kurt Dietrich, director of the Ripon College band ensembles for 39 years, will retire at the end of this academic year. His final two large […]
Meet William Nelson
- B.A. in Music Education, University of Wisconsin Parkside
I have been the clarinet and saxophone instructor at Ripon College since 1993. I was the band director at Ripon Middle School from 1988-2020. This fall I will be the band instructor at Xavier Elementary School in Appleton, and Seton Catholic School in Sheboygan. I am an active jazz performer throughout Wisconsin and I am a master adjudicator with the Wisconsin School Music Association.
What is your teaching philosophy in 8 words or fewer? Shaping a community of learners in a positive environment.
Briefly tell us about a significant experience you’ve had at Ripon. I had the pleasure of working with a saxophone student who prepared both classical and jazz repertoire for a senior recital.
What is something you’ve experienced that makes Ripon College special?
We have a unique climate here that allows students to thrive.
Recent News Updates
The 2017 Awards Convocation was held Wednesday, April 19, in Demmer Recital Hall, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts. Jeanne F. Williams, professor of educational […]
The 60-piece Ripon College Symphonic Wind Ensemble, directed by Professor of Music Kurt Dietrich, will present its fall concert Nov. 20. The program will begin […]