Dr. Colleen RichardsonSymphonic Band Conductor

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Dr. Colleen Richardson

Within the Music Performance Studies Department at Western University, Colleen oversees the bands, directs the Wind Ensemble, and teaches graduate courses/seminars in conducting.  She also teaches Instrumental Ensemble Techniques and Instrumental Literature and Techniques within the Music Education Department.
Dr. Richardson is sought after as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator across Canada. Her research interests include wind literature, chamber wind repertoire, conducting pedagogy, ensemble rehearsal techniques, Messiaen’s compositional techniques, and Varèse’s connections with visual artists. She recently presented her research at conferences in Ireland, Switzerland, and Italy.

Before her Western appointment, Dr. Richardson was Assistant Professor of Music Education and the Wind Ensemble Director at Converse College in South Carolina. She taught conducting, instrumental methods, woodwind techniques, and general music methods, as well as supervised student teachers. 

Dr. Richardson, a native of Winnipeg, graduated from Brandon University with a bachelor’s degree in music education and earned a Wind Conducting Diploma from the University of Calgary. While working towards her diploma, she studied with many well respected composers and conductors, including: Craig Kirchhoff, Karel Husa, Warren Benson, David Maslanka, Eugene Corporon, Mallory Thompson, Dale Lonis, Allan Bell, Robert Reynolds, Jerry Junkin and Tyrone Paterson. In 2001, she received her master’s degree in conducting with Dr. Glenn Price at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Richardson completed her DMA in Wind Conducting with Rodney Winther in 2005 at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she taught undergraduate conducting, was involved with the supervision of undergraduate music education students during their practicum, and regularly conducted works with the Wind Symphony, Symphony Band, Chamber Winds, and Chamber Players. Along with her activities at CCM, Dr. Richardson co-directed the Tri-State Chamber Players, as well as served as the Music Director and Conductor of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble.

Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Richardson taught general, choral, and instrumental music in the Canadian public school system for 14 years. She was an active clinician and conductor for a number of ensembles, including the University of Manitoba Tuesday Jazz Ensemble, the Manitoba Band Association Summer Band Program, the Parkland Regional Junior Honour Band, the Manitoba Provincial Honour Band and the Long & McQuade All-Star Wind Ensemble. Dr. Richardson served as the Chairperson for the Optimist International Band Festival Committee for seven years, and she was the Business Manager for the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble and performed in the ensemble for seven seasons. Dr. Richardson was selected as “Outstanding Conductor” at Musicfest Canada in 1996.