Eugene Ellsworth Rousseau, Ph.D.

Eugene Rousseau

Title: Distinguished Professor of Music
Company: Indiana University Bloomington
Location: Bloomington, Indiana, United States

Eugene Ellsworth Rousseau, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Music at the Indiana University Bloomington, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.

Mr. Rousseau’s passion for music was birthed at the age of seven when he heard his neighbor’s saxophone echoing through the neighborhood. In elementary school, he picked up jazz instruments for the first time and has not looked back since. Mr. Rousseau received a Bachelor of Music Education from the Chicago Museum College in 1953 and a Master of Music from Northwestern University in 1954. In 1960, he was a student of the Paris Conservatory of Music, where he studied under renowned saxophonist Marcel Mule. Additionally, he attained a Doctor of Philosophy in music literature and performance from the University of Iowa in 1962.

Notably, Mr. Rousseau served as an instructor and assistant band leader of the 25th Infantry with the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. Following his service, he went on to excel as an instructor at Luther College from 1956 to 1959 and as an assistant professor at Central Missouri State College from 1962 to 1964. That same year, Mr. Rousseau joined Indiana University Bloomington as a professor of music, where he flourished as an educator and musician for 31 years until 2000 and was granted the title of distinguished professor of music in 1988. In addition, he excelled as a professor at the University of Minnesota for 15 years until 2015.

Mr. Rousseau is a current member and former president of the North America Saxophone Alliance and the Comite of International de Saxophone and World Saxophone Congress. He also maintains affiliation with the College Music Society, Clarinet and Saxophone Society, Fulbright Association and National Association of Music Teachers, of which he received the Teacher of Year Award for Indiana in 1993. To add to his professional accolades, Mr. Rousseau was named an honorary professor of music by the Braga Institute in Italy in 2001 and the Prague Conservatory in the Czech Republic in 1993. Additionally, he was granted a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Iowa in 1996 and an Edwin Franko Goldman Award from the American Bandmasters Association in 1995.

Reflecting on his illustrious musical career, Mr. Rousseau recalls being a first soloist in Paris, France and playing in Vienna, Austria as the highlights of his career. In addition, meeting prestigious and influential musicians such as Marcel Mule and Jimmy Dorsey were moments he will hold dearly in his heart. To attest to his legacy, Mr. Rousseau can also be found in the 44th through 68th editions of Who’s Who in America, the first through third editions of Who’s Who in Entertainment, the 27th through 42nd editions of Who’s Who in the Midwest and the 32nd and 33rd editions of Who’s Who in the World. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and history.

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