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Devoting nearly 31 years to CMSU, Rita M. Resch takes pride in having nurtured the musical abilities of hundreds of students, many of whom have gone on to become excellent teachers.
Resch retired May 31 as professor emerita of music. Her tenure at CMSU was one that included a commitment to teaching and contributions to the quality of students’ education through committee work at the department, college and university levels.
Resch joined the university in September 1974 as an assistant professor, after teaching previously at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Her hard work at CMSU eventually led to promotions to associate and full professor.
Her work outside the classroom included service to various Faculty Senate committees; the College of Arts and Sciences’ Committee on Committees, Dean’s Advisory Committee; and service to the Department of Music’s Curriculum, Recital, Newsletter (“Overture”), Promotion and Tenure Committees. She contributed 25 years of service as patroness, assistant advisor, and advisor to Epsilon Omega Chapter of Sigma Iota music fraternity.
She was active in professional organizations, such as the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Kansas City Chapter of NATS, Music Teachers National Association, where she held leadership posts for 15 years.
In addition to campus performances, Resch was involved in research activities that included co-authoring the book Art Song in the United States: An Annotated Bibliography, published in 1976 with subsequent editions in 1987 and 2001.
Her education includes a bachelor’s degree from Minot State University in Minot, ND; master’s degree from Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY; master’s degree from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks; Master of Fine Arts degree and doctorate from the University of Iowa, Iowa City.