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Richard Chenoweth

Professor Emeritus, Horn


College of Arts and Sciences: Music


Email: Richard Chenoweth
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  • DMA, University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music


Dr. Richard Chenoweth held the Graul Endowed Chair in Arts and Languages at the University of Dayton from 2012-16, where he served as Professor of Horn. He is 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. He has performed and recorded as a soloist in this country and internationally, and has performed in the horn sections of the Florida Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Other major performances include positions with the Royal Ballet of London and the Little Orchestra Society of New York. His most recent engagements include positions as principal hornist with both the Middletown (Ohio) Symphony and the orchestra of the Cincinnati Ballet.

Dr. Chenoweth is the first horn player to receive the degree Doctor of Musical Arts in Horn Performance from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He is the recipient of both the College of Arts and Sciences Award for Outstanding Scholarship and the University of Dayton Alumni Award in Scholarship and has been a three-time recipient of the prestigious Montgomery County Artists Fellowship in recognition of his contributions to the arts in the Miami Valley.

He has released three solo and ensemble recordings on the Equilibrium label to national critical acclaim, as well as two recordings 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 latest release "The Horn in Opera," a recording of important operatic excerpts for horn, is highly regarded as a valuable resource for horn players with an interest in operatic audition repertoire. As a solo artist, his appearances include numerous concerts with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, The Dayton Bach Society, the Springfield Symphony, the West Virginia Chamber Orchestra and the Czech Radio Orchestra.

Dr. Chenoweth has been invited to present recitals and master classes at 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, The Ohio State University, Baldwin-Wallace University, the University of Texas, Central Arkansas State Universit and Northwestern State University.

In a recent trip to China, he participated in the concert celebrating the opening of the UD China Institute in Suzhou. Previously, he has been in residence at the Beijing Central Conservatory and the Sichuan Conservatory in Chengdu, the Sarejevo Conservatory and the Hong Kong Cultural Academy. He has appeared as clinician at the Mid-West Conference, the International Horn Symposium in Denver, presenting a class in operatic repertoire and participating in a panel discussion on horn pedagogy and in June 2009, as a co-presenter (with UD graduate and current third horn with the Louisiana Philharmonic, Joshua Paulus) a lecture-recital at the IHS Symposium, held in Macomb, IL, on "The Off-Stage Horn." While on leave from the Santa Fe Opera 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, Chenoweth has completed his second African safari and continues to be a strong advocate for the outdoor sports. In his spare time he works with his two German Short-Haired Pointers and fly-fishes through-out the Rocky Mountain West.

Faculty perspective

"I have enjoyed working at UD. I especially appreciate the opportunity to combine my love of horn performance and past experiences, 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."

Research interests

  • Any aspect of horn performance
  • Historical brass performance
  • Audition techniques