Brett A. Richardson will assume the role of Coordinator of Music Education/Director of Bands and an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of the Incarnate Word in August 2014 where he will oversee the music education curriculum, teach courses in instrumental methods, conduct the Wind Ensemble, and administer all facets of the UIW Athletic Band program. Richardson is currently completing the Doctor of Music degree in Wind Conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He also holds a Master of Music Education with emphasis in Wind Conducting from Texas A&M University-Commerce and a Bachelor of Music Education from Stephen F. Austin State University with Texas State Board of Education Certification in Secondary Music. His professional mentors include Fred J. Allen, Brian Britt, David W. Campo, Jeff Gershman, Julie Jezek, Brad Kent, Stephen W. Pratt, and Steve Smith.
Prior to his appointment at UIW, Mr. Richardson proudly served as an Associate Instructor with the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Department of Bands/Wind Conducting and as the Resident Conductor for the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble, a community wind band based in Bloomington, Indiana. Previously, he served as the Assistant Director of Bands and Instructor of Music at his alma mater, Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. A product of the music education tradition in Texas public schools, Mr. Richardson began his career as a music educator in Texas as part of the Clear Creek and Lewisville Independent School Districts. In addition to serving as a clinician and adjudicator for bands of all levels, Mr. Richardson has had the privilege of conducting several junior high and high school All-Region and All-City Honor Bands in both Texas and Indiana.
Mr. Richardson has presented sessions and guest conducted at both the Midwest Clinic and Texas Music Educators Association Convention in addition to being published in the Texas Music Educators Association’s Southwestern Musician as well as featured in the The Instrumentalist. An advocate for American music, Mr. Richardson has conducted premieres of works by composers Brian Balmages, David Biedenbender, Ryan Gee, and Joni Greene, and for his doctoral final project, completed a wind band transcription of Aaron Copland’sMusic for the Theatre, premiered by the Indiana University Wind Ensemble. Recently, Mr. Richardson collaborated with composer Gabriel Lubell as conductor for the debut recording of Lubell’s Jim, Jimi, and Jameson on the album Studies in Light and Sound: An Album of New Chamber Music. Richardson also serves on the faculty of the Virginia Summer Woodwind Workshop where conducts the camp’s large woodwind ensemble. Some of his professional memberships include Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma (honorary), Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (honorary), Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society, and the College Music Society.