Allen Bachelder

Title: Retired Music Professor
Company: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Location: North Street, Michigan, United States

Allen Bachelder, Retired Music Teacher at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music instruction.

By 1971, Dr. Bachelder had obtained a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music and a Master of Arts in psychology, music education and music theory from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Proficient on trumpet, he participated in a seven-week tour in 1969 in the Soviet Union and served a graduate assistantship teaching freshman and sophomore music theory, trumpet and jazz. He continued his education with a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, Minnesota, during which time he played section trumpet with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

From 1974 to 1977, Dr. Bachelder provided superior education as assistant music professor with College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, Minnesota, where he taught trumpet, horn, conducting, music theory and conducted the wind ensemble, jazz ensemble and the symphonic band and performed frequently on faculty chamber music and recital programs. From 1977 to 2006 with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, he excelled as professor of trumpet and music therapy, where he taught studio trumpet and music theory, conducted the jazz ensemble and performed frequently on faculty chamber music and recital programs. 

Since 2006, Dr. Bachelder has prospered as a self-employed musician and music instructor, giving master classes and clinics and offering private lessons to select students and is also a highly experienced, enthusiastic teacher of music theory. As owner of Spring Creek Home for Wayward MGs since 1984, he restores and displays vintage automobiles.

Dr. Bachelder’s musical prowess has been celebrated nationally and he has performed worldwide. He performed a trio concerto composed by the late Jim Sajinsky, a colleague with Virginia Tech, at the University of Leeds in Yorkshire, England in 2000; as a guest soloist at the Concert of the Volga Band in Seratov, Russia in 2000; as a utility trumpet substitute player with the International Symphony Orchestra and principal trumpet with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and  Opera Roanoke.

What made Dr. Bachelder a success was his exposure to the American conductor and composer of concert band music, Frank Bencriscutto, at the University of Minnesota. He joined the institution in 1960 and inspired the entirety of Dr. Bachelder’s career. He believes that his paternal grandmother, who was an itinerant piano and violin teacher in Western Minnesota, may have been partly responsible for his aptitude in music. Neither of his parents were happy about his career in music at first, but they eventually grew to appreciate it. He remembers his father for the latter’s integrity, as considers him one of the most ethical people he has ever met. He passed away in 1988, but continues to stand as a inspiration for Dr. Bachelder’s activities every single day.

Dr. Bachelder draws the most fulfillment from the accomplishments of some of the students he had mentored. One of them was Kelly Corbid, who is the principal trumpet with the United States Army band in Washington, D.C. Another student became a music teacher at the University of Michigan. Now in his eighties, Dr. Bachelder is involved with a hobby that restores and maintains British sports cars. He edits a local club newsletter and is one of the registrars for the North American MGB Register, as well as the chairman for the Z Magnette of North America. His own Magnette has won national honors at the North American MGA Register.

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