Professor Jim Rauscher recently retired as a member of the music faculty at Amarillo College, where he taught piano for 35 years, and also served as chairman of the Music Department from 1988 to 2013. He has been extremely active in the Texas Panhandle as a solo recitalist, accompanist, teacher, and adjudicator. Principal keyboardist for the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra since 1981, he has also been a frequent guest soloist with the orchestra, performing Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Saint-Saens’ Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Mendelssohn’s Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, and most recently in Liszt/Busoni’s Rhapsodie Espagnol for Piano and Orchestra in Fall 2011.
He has also appeared as soloist with the West Texas State University Band, the Texas Tech University Orchestra, the Texas Tech University Symphonic Band, and the Amarillo Virtuosi of Chamber Music Amarillo, including performances in January 2016 as harpsichord soloist in two of Bach’s keyboard concerti. He and his wife, Vanessa, are the music directors at St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral in Amarillo, where he is principal organist/pianist.