Robert Rink, Affiliate Instructor of Music Education, Concert Band Director

Robert RinkRobert Rink is an affiliate faculty member at the University of Puget Sound teaching Concert Band and music education courses. Additionally, he is serving his 32nd year with the Puyallup School District, the last 23 years as band director at Ferrucci Junior High School.

Active in the Washington Music Educators Association, he served on the Executive Board as Band Curriculum Officer 2012-2016 and has presented numerous sessions at WMEA conferences. He also was appointed Symphonic Band director with the Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble organization 2010-2014.    

Professor Rink is humbled to have received the following awards from his peers: Valley Region “Outstanding Music Educator,” Puyallup School District “Teacher of the Year”, Washington State recipient of School Band & Orchestra magazine’s national “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” and in 2012 inducted into the WMEA Hall of Fame.

Professor Rink earned music degrees from University of Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran University. He feels fortunate to have learned from several mentor teachers and appreciates the collegiality of many dedicated music educators. After 25 years of performing as clarinetist in the South Sound Symphonic Band, he was recently appointed musical director and conductor for the 2018-2019 season.