John Oelrich joined the faculty of The University of Tennessee at Martin's Music Department in 2012 as Director of Bands. His primary teaching responsibilities include conducting the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, teaching instrumental conducting and rehearsal techniques, supervising student teachers and the oversight and continued development of the university bands.
Prior to his appointment at UT-Martin, Dr. Oelrich was the Doctoral Conducting Associate at The Ohio State University, where he conducted the Collegiate Winds and taught courses in the undergraduate conducting sequence. Dr. Oelrich taught at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa for several years, including seven years as an adjunct and one year full-time as Director of Instrumental Music. At Loras, he taught courses in music history, music education, conducting, orchestration, conducted the Wind and Jazz Ensembles and coached chamber ensembles. Prior to his time at Loras, Dr. Oelrich spent ten years teaching middle school and high school music education in Wisconsin and Iowa.
Dr. Oelrich is the founder and former conductor of the Dubuque Chamber Winds, a semi-professional chamber wind ensemble. Under Oelrich's leadership, the ensemble performed a wide variety of literature, including standard, lesser-known and newly edited historical works. The ensemble was selected to perform at the 2004 Iowa Bandmaster's Association Convention as well as numerous performances in the Dubuque area.
Classical period chamber wind literature and conducting pedagogy, specifically the use of Laban Movement Theory and Mime in the collegiate conducting class curriculum, are Dr. Oelrich's primary areas of research. His critical edition of Ignace Pleyel's Parthia in Dis has been accepted for publication by Fountayne Editions of London. Critical editions of unpublished works by Hoffmeister, Pleyel, Kurzweil and Winter are in progress.
After growing up on a dairy farm near Spencer, Wisconsin, Dr. Oelrich earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Instrumental and Vocal Music Education from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, a Master of Music from the University of Northern Iowa and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from The Ohio State University. When not involved in music or teaching related activities, Dr. Oelrich enjoys spending time with his family, reading, hiking, and amateur astronomy. He, his wife Ruth, children Owen and Lucy, and yellow Labrador Maia, reside in Martin, TN.