2024 Citation of Excellence Band Adjudicator

Brett Richardson

Brett A. Richardson serves as the Director of Bands (Associate Professor) and Baenziger Professor of Music at the Texas Lutheran University School of Music. Prior to his appointment at TLU, Dr. Richardson served on the music faculties of the University of the Incarnate Word, Stephen F. Austin State University, and Clear Creek and Lewisville Independent School Districts in Texas. At UIW, he was awarded the 2019 Provost’s Legacy in Teaching Award. Dr. Richardson is also the Conductor and Artistic Director of the San Antonio Harmonie Ensemble, a professional, community chamber winds group that performed an invited showcase concert for the 2022 TMEA Convention and was named National Winner in the 2023 American Prize competition for community bands/wind ensembles.

Known for his versatility and energy as a music educator and conductor, Dr. Richardson has conducted numerous junior high and high school All-Region/All-City Honor Bands across the U.S., in addition to serving as a guest conductor at the Midwest Clinic and Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Conference. In past years, he has collaborated with members of the San Antonio Philharmonic, San Antonio Brass Band, Heart of Texas Concert Band, Austin Symphonic Band, Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble, Orchestra of the Incarnate Word, and the 2017 Battle of Flowers Celebration Mass Band comprised of nearly 5,000 San Antonio area high school students during the city’s annual Fiesta Celebration.

Dr. Richardson has been an invited presenter to thirteen different state music conferences and the Midwest Clinic (three times) and has multiple publications to his credit including co-authorship of the textbook Conducting Enrichment through Sentia Publications, and chapters in GIA’s Teaching Music through Performance in Band series and Program Notes: A Comprehensive Guide to Band Directing compiled by Dr. John Denis. His professional affiliations include TMEA, TBA, CBDNA, and elected membership into Phi Beta Mu International Honorary Bandmasters Fraternity. Dr. Richardson holds degrees in wind conducting and music education from Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, and the world-renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.