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Charles J. Schmidt

Assistant Professor of Music; Piano, Class Piano, Musicianship

Dr. Schmidt, a native of St. Louis, has studied with Joanne Baker and Ralph Votapek at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and Michigan State University, respectively. He has given recitals and masterclasses throughout the U.S. and worked extensively in the fields of musical theatre and opera, both as an accompanist and musical director. He presented lectures for many organizations and has been featured several times on Iowa Public Radio.

Prior to joining Augustana College in 2009, Dr. Schmidt served on the faculty at Graceland University where he taught piano, piano literature, piano pedagogy and served as an accompanist. His students have gone on to top graduate programs in the U.S. and abroad and have won various competitions. He and his wife are the proud parents of three children.


  • B.A., M.M., Missouri-Kansas City
  • D.M.A., Michigan State