Robb Thiel

  • M.S. in Education, Indiana University, 1989.
  • B.M.E. in Music Education, University of Evansville, 1979.

Robb G. Thiel has been the Director of College Bands at Saint Joseph’s College since 1993. In addition to the Director of College Bands responsibilities, Professor Thiel also teaches courses in Music Education and Instrumental Arranging.  Before coming to Saint Joseph’s College, Professor Thiel held the Director of Bands position at North Miami High School (1979-84), Winamac High School (1984-85) and Knox High School (1985-93). In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Professor Thiel has also arranged and composed music for schools in Indiana, Michigan, Texas and Pennsylvania.  Professor Thiel is a past member of The Indiana State School Music Association State Board and holds current memberships in the Music Educators National Conference, Indiana Music Educators Association, the Indiana Bandmasters Association, The National Catholic Band Directors Association, and The Percussive Arts Society and is a Fellow of Saint Joseph’s College.  Professor Thiel was honored in 2007 by The Indiana Music Educator’s Association as the Outstanding University Music Educator of the Year and in 2008 was named the Outstanding Faculty Member by the Student Association of Saint Joseph's College.  In 2010, Professor Thiel received the teaching Excellence Award presented by the College.  Professor Thiel is frequently asked to serve as an adjudicator for marching band, jazz band, solo and ensemble, and concert band contests as well as a consultant and clinician for all areas of music.  Robb resides in Rensselaer with his wife of 34 years, Kris.

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  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.

     

  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.