Evangeline Lois Rimbach

evangeline rimbach

Title: Music Professor (Retired)

Location: Tacoma, Washington, United States

Evangeline Rimbach, Retired Music Professor, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in choral and vocal music, music history and appreciation.

Dr. Rimbach grew up in a musically-inclined household, with her father singing hymns as a pastor and her mother playing the organ and directing the choir at the church. She started her own journey into music at around five years old, when she started learning piano. She continued her musical education first at Pacific Lutheran University before earning a Bachelor of Arts at Valparaiso University in 1954. She continued at the Eastman School of Music, earning an MMus in 1956 and pursued PhD studies from 1962 to 1964. Her PhD focused on the vocal music of Johann Kuhnau and she considers it a highlight of her career to get others interested in his work, such as David Erler. Erler is a prominent Leipzig musician, who, after reading Dr. Rimbach’s dissertation, was inspired to begin his Kuhnau project:  editing, publishing and recording all the Kuhnau vocal works.  The famous music publisher Breitkopf and Haertel is the publisher and CPO/Deutschlandfunk Kultur Recording is producing the CDs. In addition, having her edited works performed in Belgium in the 1990s has been another defining moment. Dr. Rimbach has been recognized on numerous occasions for her work and contributions, including receiving the Faithful Servant Award from ALCM in 2011, a Rose of Dedication Award in 1997, a DAAD fellowship (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst)  by the German government in 1980 for research work in Munich and a postdoctoral fellowship with the American Association of University Women.

Dr. Rimbach started teaching vocal music at Goodwin Junior High School before becoming an instructor at at California Concordia College from 1957 to 1962. She then joined the music faculty at Concordia University Chicago, becoming a full professor in 1964 and chairman of the department in 1989 before her retirement in 1997. Much of the work she has edited has been Johann Kuhnau’s, such as Johann Kuhnau’s cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden, Johann Kuhnau: Bereft O God, and Johann Kunhau: Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele. She has also written essays for a hymnal handbook and published works in articles, professional journals and newspapers. On a civic level, she was involved with the Grace Lutheran Church and the Civic Symphony of Oak Park-River Forest. She maintained professional affiliation with the American Musicological Society, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and Sigma Alpha Iota.

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