Richard Roberts

Academic Area

  • Music Education
  • School

  • Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art
  • Dr. Roberts is in demand as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician both regionally and internationally. He has guest-conducted Honors and All-County Bands in Maryland, has been a regular conductor of the High School band at the University of Maryland Summer Youth Music Camp, and has adjudicated at regional band festivals, and both regional and state solo and ensemble festivals in Maryland. He has been a regular adjudicator and clinician in New Zealand for the past several years where he has worked to help improve and provide support for the instrumental music education programs there. He has also been a participant at the Northwestern University Conducting Symposium and his postdoctoral studies with Dr. Harlan Parker of the Peabody Institute have focused on the exploration of exemplary music for wind-band and chamber groups.

    As a public school music educator, Dr. Roberts has worked at all levels in instrumental music programs. His most recent assignment as a band and orchestra director at the middle school level in Howard County, Maryland resulted in an organization that grew from a band of 50 to a fully-staffed music department with performers in band, choir, and orchestra comprising 60% of the total student population of 850. Additionally, he was one of the co-conductors of both the Howard County Middle School Honors and GT bands.

    Dr. Roberts received his B.M.E. from Murray State University, a M.Ed. from Towson University and a D.M.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park in horn performance and pedagogy. His primary teachers include Orrin Olson, Karen Thornton, and David Elliott. He has done additional studies with Wayne Barrington, David Bakkegard, and Phil Myers. He is also an active free-lance performer in the Baltimore/Washington area and has performed locally with the National Philharmonic Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, and has been a regular member of the Washington Ballet Orchestra and the Baltimore Opera Orchestra.