Richard Bourassa, professor of music at Linfield, received the Ball State University Citation for Achievement Award in April. The Citation for Achievement goes annually to outstanding alumni who have reached high levels of distinction in one of the many fields within music.
Bourassa earned a doctor of arts degree in music theory and composition from BSU in 1981. Following his graduation, he began a career in music teaching and administration at the University of Northern Colorado, where he served in a number of administrative positions including acting dean of the College of Performing and Visual Arts. There, he also authored the first University-wide undergraduate advising guidelines and the first Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity guidelines.
After arriving at Linfield in 1992, Bourassa served as chair of the music department for 10 years and since 2004 has returned to full-time teaching. During his tenure at Linfield, the number of music majors and minors has more than quadrupled from 25 in 1992 to more than 100 now. He is currently serving as the Linfield College Edith Green Distinguished Professor, awarded annually to college faculty for outstanding performance in teaching and related faculty roles.
Bourassa was instrumental in the design and construction of the Vivian A. Bull Music Center, which opened at Linfield in September. He is published and is an active composer. He has been commissioned to compose music for organizations such as the Northwest Symphony Orchestra in Seattle, the International Reed Society and the Colorado Music Teachers National Association.
In addition to his degree from BSU, Bourassa also holds a bachelors of music degree from the University of Idaho and a master's from the University of Denver.