|Richard Stout, Music Director|
Music Director and Conductor Richard Stout studied at the University of Southern California and earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and a Master of Music degree in orchestral and opera conducting. His principal teachers were Charles C. Hirt, Daniel Lewis and Henry Holt. Richard also performed with Robert Shaw and Paul Salamunovich. He was active in southern California opera companies.
An interest in the music of Bach led Richard to study with Helmuth Rilling, who invited him to the Frankfurt Musikhochschule, where Richard completed his diploma in Choral Conducting. While in Germany, he performed on German radio broadcasts, and also in Helmuth Rilling's two principal ensembles, the Gchinger Kantorei and Bach Collegium Stuttgart. Richard was later Roger Wagner's assistant at Pepperdine University. As Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Lehigh University, Richard performed Mendelssohn's Elijah, using his own revision of the English translation, and co-conducted the world premiere of Robert Moran's Hagoromo.
Since coming to New York, Richard's conducting credits include the "Friends and Enemies of New Music" series, and premieres of six compositions as principal conductor of the Turnpike Camerata, a contemporary ensemble. He has guest conducted the Delaware Valley Philharmonic, the Adirondack Chamber Orchestra, the Broadway Bach Ensemble, the New York Vocal Arts Ensemble in an opera performance, and recently guest conducted the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble .
Richard was the conductor of the Third Street Music School Settlement Chamber Orchestra, whose students were trained in, and flourished in the String Department which was guided by Christiane Pors. Under Richard's baton, the orchestra performed with acclaimed soloists, including Maxim Vengerov and Claude Frank. In 2000, the Chamber Orchestra performed, as one of four invited groups from all over the U.S. and Canada, at the conference of the Suzuki Association of the Americas in Cincinnati, Ohio. Richard conducted the Sinfonia Orchestra of the Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division. In the past several years Richard has served as a guest conductor in Ottawa, Canada at concerts for the Prime Minister, and has conducted at the Canadian National Arts Centre, with noted artists Anne Murray and Holly Cole.