Blake Richter is in his fifth year of teaching in his hometown of Nixa, Missouri. He leads a diverse music program at Inman Intermediate which includes guitar, voice, musical theater, and music technology classes. Blake holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Missouri State University, where he studied with Dr. Guy B. Webb and Dr. Cameron F. LaBarr.
Blake also directs the GraceNotes Honor Choir which is comprised of 155 fifth and sixth grade students. This choir includes almost half of the entire Inman Intermediate student body and consistently receives top ratings at local festivals and competitions. In 2018, GraceNotes was chosen to perform at the 80th Annual Missouri Music Educators Association In-Service Workshop/Conference. Blake’s additional teaching roles include teaching piano classes at Nixa Junior High and being the Music Director for the Nixa High School musicals.
In 2017, Blake was named one of Missouri’s 32 Regional Teachers of the Year in addition to being awarded Teacher of the Year for Nixa Public Schools. Blake frequently presents at District and State Level Conferences including STAR Summit and the Missouri Choral Directors Association Conference. He is a member of ACDA, MCDA, NAfME, MMEA, and MSTA.
In his spare time, Blake runs his Blake Richter Productions business which specializes in video production, audio engineering, photography, and music composition. Blake uses his passion for videography to create fun, engaging videos for his students and the school district. His videos have most recently received awards including 2017 National PBIS Film of the Year, and have been recognized by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Blake is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Educational Administration from Missouri State University and will be pursuing his Doctorate of Education through Evangel University starting in the fall of 2019. He lives in Nixa with his wife, Kaitlyn, who is a fellow teacher at Inman. Blake counts it a privilege to teach in the district that helped him become the person he is today. He is thankful for the opportunity to have a lasting impact on students’ lives through joining together in music making.