Dr. Colleen Richardson
Dr. Colleen Richardson is a Canadian conductor, clinician, adjudicator and professor who is currently the Coordinator of Bands at Western University. She was born in Winnipeg and though she was not from a musical family her music teachers throughout junior high and high school helped her to develop a love for music making. Her main instrument was the saxophone and she loved being a part of her school’s jazz band, which was playing at an exceptional level for musicians their age.
Dr. Richardson received her Bachelor of Music Education from Brandon University, then her Masters of Music Conducting in Wind Conducting from the University of Calgary and finally her Doctorate in Wind Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. For over a decade, she was a music teacher in various schools throughout Manitoba and Calgary before deciding to return to academia. She worked at Converse College in South Carolina as an Assistant Professor of Music Education and the Wind Ensemble director, before joining the Western Faculty.
Dr. Richardson helped to develop Western’s Young Winds program, where undergraduate students have the chance to conduct an ensemble made up of local students. Dr. Richardson has guest conducted and presented research at conferences around the world, including Ireland, Switzerland, Italy, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan and throughout the USA. In 2018, she was awarded the Canadian Band Association (CBA) International Band Award. She has also served as the President Elect of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.
Dr. Richardson believes in making rehearsals and music education engaging, that having effective and passionate music educators is the key for so many students to create their love for music. It is this belief that pushes her to continue research on wind band literature, conducting pedagogy and rehearsal techniques.