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July 23, 2015
Dr. William Richardson, a professor of music at Northwest Missouri State University, presented and performed trumpet pieces for students in Wuxi, China, May 21 through June 2.
The 13-day tour included a performance at a Wuxi music store, presentations to elementary school band students, and a trumpet recital for elementary and high school students. Richardson also rehearsed with beginning and intermediate band students and a high school choir prior to joining them for a spring music concert. In all, Richardson presented and performed for an estimated 450 students.
Rachel Sneed, who earned her bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education from Northwest in 2011, joined Richardson, performing with him on piano and trumpet. Sneed has taught music to students in kindergarten through 12th grade at the International School of Wuxi, China, for three years and plans to return to Northwest next year to pursue a Master of Music Education degree.
Richardson’s travel was supported through Northwest supplemental faculty travel funding and the International School of Wuxi.
Richardson joined the Northwest faculty in 1999. While teaching trumpet and jazz courses at Northwest, he also serves as assistant chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts and is co-faculty advisor for Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia men’s music fraternity. He performs regularly with regional ensembles and was a Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor of trumpet at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music in 2010.
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