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Dr. Richard Chenoweth is Professor of Horn at the University of Dayton and the former Principal Horn of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, a position that he held for 33 years. He was a member of the nationally known brass quintet, the Carillon Brass, and performed as second horn with the orchestra of the prestigious summer music festival, The Santa Fe Opera, for 35 years. A Yamaha Performing Artist, he has also performed and recorded as soloist both in this country and internationally, and has performed in the horn sections of the Florida Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as soloist in Prague with the Czech Radio Orchestra, as Principal Horn with the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra in Bosnia, and at the Sichuan Conservatory, Chengdu, China. Other major performances include positions with the Royal Ballet of London and the Little Orchestra Society of New York.
Dr. Chenoweth currently holds the endowed University position, Graul Chair in Arts and Languages and continues an active career as a performer, playing principal horn in the Middletown Ohio Symphony, and as a member of the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra. He is also in demand as a commercial player, performing in the pit for such Broadway hits as Wicked, Lion King, Spamalot, and Mary Poppins.
Dr. Chenoweth is the first horn player to receive the degree Doctor of Musical Arts in Horn Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati (CCM). He has received both the College of Arts and Sciences Award for Outstanding Scholarship and the University of Dayton Alumni Award in Scholarship. He has been a three-time recipient of the prestigious Montgomery County Artists Fellowship, in recognition of his achievements in the arts.
He has released three solo and ensemble CD recordings on the Equilibrium label to national critical acclaim, as well as two CDs on the Integra label with the Carillon Brass. In addition, his solo recording with the Czech Radio Orchestra of the Winteregg Concerto "Visions and Revelations" was released nationally on the MMC label. His newest release is "The Horn in Opera," a recording of important operatic audition excerpts for horn, available from www.thehorninopera.com.
As a soloist, he has appeared with orchestras including the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, The Dayton Bach Society, the Springfield Symphony, The Czech Radio Orchestra and the West Virginia Chamber Orchestra.
Dr. Chenoweth has also been invited to present recitals and master classes at numerous schools of music including Eastman School of Music, University of Evansville, Indiana University, University of Michigan, Western Michigan University, Southern Methodist University, CCM, Penn State University, University of North Texas, Oberlin College, Grand Valley State University, Northwestern University, University of Wisconsin, University of Minnesota, St. Olaf College, The University of Akron, Ohio State University, Baldwin-Wallace University, the University of Texas, Central Arkansas State University, and Northwestern State University (LA).
Internationally, he has been in residence at the Beijing Central Conservatory, the Sichuan Conservatory, the Sarejevo Conservatory and the Hong Kong Cultural Academy. Most recently, he appeared in performance in Suzhou, China at the opening ceremonies for the University of Dayton China Institute. In July, 2008, he was asked to appear at the International Horn Symposium in Denver, CO, giving a class in operatic repertoire and participating in a panel discussion on teaching the horn, while in June, 2009, he co-presented (with UD graduate horn performance major Joshua Paulus) a lecture-recital at the IHS Symposium, held in Macomb, IL, on "The Off-Stage Horn." In 2005, Chenoweth was invited to teach at the prestigious Kendall Betts Horn Camp, joining internationally renowned horn artists as a faculty member.
An enthusiastic outdoorsman and traveler, Dr. Chenoweth completed his second African safari in June 2005, and continues to be a strong advocate for the outdoor sports, especially enjoying his time with his two German short-haired pointers, Homer and Penny.
I enjoy working at UD. I especially appreciate the opportunity to combine my love of horn performance, playing in the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Santa Fe Opera and other organizations, with my love of teaching. Just as the performance opportunities bring credibility to my teaching, my interaction with students renews my passion for music and bringing art to others.
- D.M.A., University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music
- Any aspect of horn performance
- Historical brass performance
- Audition techniques
The Horn in Opera: Essential Excerpts for Horn, Longhorn Productions, thehorninopera.com/Principal Horn, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Piano Concertos of Tomas Svoboda, Artisie 4, 2001.
Solo Horn, Czech Radio Orchestra, Visions and Revelations (Winteregg) MMC 2107, 2001.
Solo Horn, Madama Butterfly, Columbus Ballet (Encore Studios), 2001.
Solo Horn, A Christmas Carol, Dayton Ballet (Encore Studios), 2000.