Conductor and Artistic Director
Brett A. Richardson
Brett A. Richardson, Conductor and Artistic Director, also serves as the Director of Bands at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) in San Antonio, TX, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band. Previously he served as the Resident Conductor of the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble in Bloomington, IN. Recent Guest Conducting engagements include university residencies across the U.S. and appearances with members of the San Antonio Symphony, San Antonio Brass Band, Orchestra of the Incarnate Word, and Heart of Texas Concert Band. Richardson has conducted and presented clinics throughout the U.S., with invitations to thirteen state music conferences, the Midwest Clinic, Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic/Convention, and the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention. He is in demand nationally as an adjudicator and conductor for high school and middle school All-Region/Honor Bands across the U.S. The SAHarmonie most recently performed an invited showcase concert for the 2022 TMEA Clinic/Convention.
Recent honors include an invitation to serve as a Conducting Fellow at the inaugural Reynolds Conducting Institute at the 2018 Midwest Clinic, 2019 UIW Provost's Legacy Teaching Award, and induction into Phi Beta Mu International Honorary Bandmasters Fraternity. An advocate for American music, he has conducted recordings, presented premieres, and participated in commissions of works by composers Brian Balmages, Jim Bonney, David Biedenbender, Ryan Gee, Donald Grantham, Joni Greene, Olivia Kieffer, Gabriel Lubell, James Syler, and Benjamin Dean Taylor. Richardson holds degrees from the world-renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (D.M., Wind Conducting), Texas A&M University-Commerce (M.M., Wind Conducting), and Stephen F. Austin State University (B.M.Ed.).