Dr. Brett A. Richardson serves as the Coordinator of Music Education/Director of Bands, Instrumental Area Coordinator, and an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) where he teaches courses within the music education curriculum and administers all facets of the UIW Band program. He also serves as the Conductor and Artistic Director of the San Antonio Harmonie Ensemble (SA Harmonie), a chamber music ensemble rooted in the classical Harmoniemusik tradition. Richardson holds the Doctor of Music degree in Wind Conducting from the world-renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he was a student of Prof. Stephen W. Pratt. He also holds a Master of Music with emphasis in Wind Conducting from Texas A&M University-Commerce under Dr. Brad Kent and a Bachelor of Music Education from Stephen F. Austin State University under Prof. Fred J. Allen. Other professional mentors include Jeff Gershman, David W. Campo, Christopher Anderson, Brian Britt, Steve Smith, Julie Jezek, Jimmy Clark, and Deb Scott. Prior to his appointment at UIW, Dr. 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, Dr. Richardson began his career as a music educator as part of the Clear Creek and Lewisville Independent School Districts.
In addition to frequently serving as a clinician and adjudicator for bands of all levels, Dr. Richardson has conducted numerous junior high and high school All-Region/All-City Honor Bands across the U.S., in addition to serving as a guest conductor at the Midwest Clinic and the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Conference. In recent years, Dr. Richardson has guest conducted members of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Brass Band, Orchestra of the Incarnate Word, and the 2017 Battle of Flowers Celebration Mass Band comprised of nearly 5,000 San Antonio area high school students during the city's annual Fiesta Celebration. He also regularly serves as an adjudicator for the annual UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest. Recent honors include the 2019 UIW Provost's Legacy Teaching Award, a nomination for the 2019 UIW Presidential Teaching Award, induction into the Phi Beta Mu International Honorary Bandmasters Fraternity, a 2018 invitation to serve as a Conducting Fellow at the inaugural Midwest Clinic Reynolds Conducting Institute, and an Honorable Mention/Semi-Finalist designation in the University Band Conducting Category of the 2016-17 American Prize competition.
Dr. Richardson is in demand as a clinician for music education conferences across the U.S. with appearances at the Connecticut, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Nevada, and Texas Music Educators Association Conventions, as well as the Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic/Convention, CBDNA National Athletic Band Symposium, and the Midwest Clinic. He has also been published in the TMEA Southwestern Musician, TBA Texas Bandmasters Review, featured in The Instrumentalist, and has served as a contributing author to the peer-reviewed journal Praxis: The Electronic Journal of the Center for Music Education at Sam Houston State University. An advocate for American music, Dr. Richardson has conducted premieres and/or participated in commissions of works by composers Brian Balmages, Jim Bonney, David Biedenbender, Ryan Gee, Donald Grantham, Joni Greene, Olivia Kieffer, James Syler, and Benjamin Dean Taylor. Dr. Richardson's professional affiliations include Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma (honorary), Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (honorary), Phi Beta Mu, Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Association, and the College Music Society. Dr. Richardson lives in San Antonio with his wife, Dr. Jacquelyn Matava, an accomplished mezzo-soprano and voice professor at Trinity University, and their shih-tzu, Lanny.
Office: Music Building 228
Phone: (210) 841-7232