James A. Rennier, Ph.D.
Professor of Music Office: FAC 231
Professional Profile Dr. Rennier joined the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities in 2007. He received a B.M. in Percussion Performance from the School of Music in 1978 and was awarded the Performer’s Certificate on his junior recital in 1977, an M.M. in Percussion Performance from University of Texas at Austin in 1984 and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts (Music and Administration) from Texas Tech University in 1997
Teaching and Related Service Dr. Rennier currently teaches Music Appreciation. He previously taught applied percussion, music literature, music history, and conducted percussion ensemble.
Dr. Rennier’s lengthy orchestral performance experience includes serving as either principal timpanist or principal percussionist with the following Texas Orchestras: Abilene, Austin, Corpus Christi, Midland-Odessa, San Angelo, San Antonio and Victoria.
Dr. Rennier has recording credits with the Public Broadcasting System and Walt Disney.
Dr. Rennier has over 15 years of administrative experience in higher education serving as a department chair and dean.
Research and Creative Activity
Dr. Rennier’s creative interests are centered around symphonic percussion performance and musical theatre.
Dr. Rennier started percussion in the 8th grade after a computer scheduling problem placed him a 7th grade physical education class. As he walked to the office he wondered if beginning percussion met at that time. Thankfully it did. In order to pay for his sticks, books and drum pad he gave his band director his lunch money (thirty-five cents) daily until his materials were paid for. He was a three-time all-state percussionist in Indiana and started giving drum lessons at the age of 15.