Professor of Music; Coordinator of Jazz Studies and Music Technology
BM, Eastman School of Music; MM, University of Michigan School of Music; DMA, Temple University
“… tranquility, friendship, a sense of wonder” that is how Jazz Improv magazine describes the music of Rik Pfenninger. “Pfenninger can play a familiar melody in a beautifully simple way and then turn around and rip through an elaborate improvisation. This is a completely enjoyable experience.” -Jam Music Magazine.
Dr. Rik Pfenninger is currently professor of music and director of Jazz Studies and Music Technology at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH. Rik received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, his Master of Music degree in woodwinds from the University of Michigan, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Temple University. Pfenninger’s performance background includes touring Cuba, Europe, the United States and Canada with various jazz and show groups. He has performed with Randy Brecker, Marvin Stamm, the Righteous Brothers, the Supremes and the Temptations, and is a current member of the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra. With five solo jazz recordings, recordings for the National Geographic Television Series, New Hampshire Public Television, and countless clinics and solo appearances, Pfenninger is in constant demand as a guest soloist and clinician. Rik’s groups have opened for Arturo Sandoval, Dianne Reeves, the Yellow Jackets, Joe Lovano, Gary Burton, and Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band. Pfenninger is also an active composer and arranger, writing for television commercials, documentaries, saxophone quartets, jazz ensembles and, most recently, a CD ROM project titled the Hereford Mappamundi, published by the University of Michigan Press.
For more information on Rik Pfenninger, link to www.rikpmusic.com