Collegiate R&R & Collegiate Student Activities / Event Chair
Dr. Jonathan Richter is a Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor and the director of choirs at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. There, he leads a vibrant choral program, directs three ensembles, and teaches courses in conducting, choral methods, voice pedagogy, and musicianship. Richter is regularly called upon to serve as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor of choruses nationwide.
For eight years Dr. Richter served on the faculty of New England Conservatory in Boston, Mass., during which time he directed the college’s Concert Choir, taught graduate courses and private lessons in choral conducting, and led a dynamic choral program in the school’s preparatory division. During his tenure at NEC Prep, enrollment in the youth choruses tripled and the ensembles performed many renowned major works, including Joseph Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass,” Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” Michael Tippett’s “A Child of Our Time,” and Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria.” From 2011-2018 Richter also taught at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI, where he ran the choral program and taught courses in musicianship and the humanities. Prior to his time teaching at the collegiate level, he successfully led public high school choral programs in Suffield, Conn. and Plymouth, Mass. Having worked for many years with adolescent and youth musicians, Richter has made the advancement of music education a focal point of his work at the collegiate level.
A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Yale University, and Boston University, Richter’s conducting mentors have included Ann Howard Jones, Marguerite L. Brooks, Simon Carrington, and Peter Bagley. In 2019 Dr. Richter was the recipient of the Exceeding Excellence in Teaching Award at UMass Lowell.