Location: Arkansas, USA
Robert E. Ritschel retired as President of Spoon River College (IL) in May 2012 and is now residing in Bella Vista, Arkansas. A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Northeastern State College, a Master of Music in Conducting from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Doctor of Education [Music Education] from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Ritschel is a career educator as a choral music teacher and/or administrator in public schools and higher education in Steamboat Springs, Colorado [CMC]; Urbana, Illinois [UIUC]; Cedar Falls, Iowa [UNI], Chanute, Kansas [NCCC]; Malden, Missouri [BEC-SEMO]; Bartlesville, Oklahoma [College High School]; Gaffney, South Carolina [Limestone College]; and Austin, Texas [UT]. Dr. Ritschel has directed numerous church choirs, community choruses, and choral festivals and clinics. He has also published articles in The Choral Journal and the Music Educators Journal.