Dr. William S. Richardson directs jazz ensembles and teaches trumpet at Northwest Missouri State University, where he has taught since 1999. He serves as Dennis C. Dau Endowed Professor of Music, the first endowed professorship in the institution’s history. A Fulbright Scholar, he was Visiting Professor of Trumpet at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, Latvia, in 2010. A member of the trumpet sections of the Saint Joseph (MO) Symphony Orchestra and the Saint Joseph Big Band, Richardson lives in Maryville with his wife Niki, daughters Sarah and Leah, and dog Pearl (loti stabils genijs).
Dr. Richardson is a product of music education in Missouri, having graduated from Lee’s Summit High School and participating in Missouri All-State Bands in 1987 and 1988. He holds degrees from Central Missouri State University (BME), Florida State University (MM-Trumpet Performance), and the University of Texas at Austin (DMA-Trumpet Performance). His primary trumpet teachers were Neal Seipp, David Aaberg, Bryan Goff, and Raymond Crisara.
Richardson is co-faculty advisor of the Upsilon Chi chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. A member of the International Trumpet Guild, he is a Conn-Selmer artist/clinician, performing Bach Stradivarius, Bach Artisan, and Conn Vintage-One instruments. His affiliation with Northwest Missouri State University has taken him to Austria, China, England, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, and Japan.
Bill is pleased to accept the nomination for the position of MMEA College/University Vice-President for 2020-2022. He attended his first MMEA convention in 1984 as a performer with the Pleasant Lea Junior High School Symphony Orchestra and has been hooked on music education ever since. The Northwest Jazz Ensemble’s appearance at the 2019 MMEA conference marked Dr. Richardson’s eleventh appearance at MMEA as either a director, presenter, or performer.