Professor Emeritus of Music
Bachelor of Science in Music, North Texas State University
Master of Music, North Texas State University
Now retired from full-time teaching, Richard Steffen, Professor Emeritus of Music, teaches music appreciation in the post-retirement teaching program.
Richard Steffen, a 1976 graduate of North Texas State University, is currently Professor of Music at APSU. In addition to his teaching responsibilities in jazz harmony and brass methods, Richard is in charge of the jazz ensemble, brass ensemble(s), and trumpet instruction.
As a student at NTSU, Richard played solo cornet in the concert band, first trumpet in the brass choir, principal trumpet in the orchestra, second trumpet in the Faculty Brass Quintet and lead trumpet with the 1:O’clock Lab Band [he appears as lead trumpet on the Lab ‘75(Lizard) Album]. While in the Dallas area he performed on occasion with the Dallas Symphony and the Fort Worth Symphony.
Commercially, he performed with many traveling entertainers such as Johnny Mathis, Liberace, Tony Bennett, Jack Benny, Carl Reiner, Bob Hope, The Spinners, The Temptations, The Four Topps and a host of others.
Before joining the faculty at APSU, Richard taught at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. During his tenure at Furman, he served as Principal Trumpet with the Greenville Symphony and first trumpet with the Foothills Brass Quintet.
Phone: (931) 221-7818
Music/Mass Communication Building, Room 139