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Sept. 14, 2010
Dr. William S. Richardson, associate professor of music, recently presented a lecture at the 2010 Midwest Trumpet Festival in Pittsburg, Kan. The topic, "Trumpet Playing in the Republic of Latvia," examined the Baltic country's musical traditions, music education, trends, and overseas cultural exchange programs for American students, teachers, and artists.
He joined other festival presenters Dr. Joel Treybig (Belmont University), Mr. Al Hood (University of Denver), Dr. Todd Hastings (Pittsburg State University), Mr. Tito Carillo (University of Illinois), Dr. Iskander Akhmadullin (University of Missouri), Mr. Billy Hunter (Metropolitan Opera House Orchestra), Mr. John Sneider (Jazz Recording Artist and Composer/Arranger), and Mr. Steve Leisring (University of Kansas) for a panel discussion titled "Careers in Music."
Dr. Richardson also performed as principal trumpet for the Saint Joseph Symphony Orchestra for its Oct. 2 concert, "Vive la France." Joining him in the orchestra were Northwest students Matthew McGrory (bass), Rachel Sneed (trumpet), Northwest String Instructor Monty Carter (viola), and Northwest Professor of Music Dr. Chris Gibson (clarinet). He also served as principal/solo trumpet for the symphony's Oct. 7, "Childrens' Concerts," performing for more than 2,500 young students.
This summer, Richardson was invited to present at the Fulbright Orientation in Washington, D.C. He participated in sessions with teachers and researchers traveling overseas to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for the 2010-2011 academic year. Richardson provided valuable information and assistance for Fulbright Scholars traveling to the Republic of Latvia.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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