Richard Yaklich

conductor
biography
I am a conductor, composer, author and educator. Currently I serve as an Associate Professor of Music at Florida Memorial University in Miami, FL. I am also the past Conductor of the South Florida Youth Symphony (2002-2013). I have a passion for conducting orchestras, opera, and ballet. I also thrive on serving as an educator for youth orchestras, and university students. I have conducted orchestra through out the United States and Eastern Europe. I have also had numerous compositions performed in the US and Europe. Additionally I am a published author and have written books on orchestra repertoire and a music theory text book  I am available for guest conducting engagements, as a composer, and youth orchestra clinician.
I have extensive experience as an orchestra conductor, music educator and author. I have worked extensively with professional, community and youth orchestras. I also have extensive experience as an administrator in higher education and orchestra management. I have conducted orchestras through out the US and Europe including the Sochi Symphony (Russia) and the Alahmbra Orchestra (Florida). I am also a certified Orchestra Adjudicator and have adjudicated orchestra festivals through out the state of Florida. I hold a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of South Carolina.
I am also a composer, and have had works performed in the US and Europe, including performances by the Colorado Symphony   I'm always available for original, commissioned compositions.   
I am a native of Pueblo, CO and grew up playing cello, first in the Pueblo Youth Symphony and latter with the Pueblo Symphony, Mozart Chamber Orchestra and Pueblo Jazz Orchestra. I become interested in conducting in high school and pursued it under the tutelage of Dr. Armand Vorce, Will Schwartz and Donald Portnoy. I attended the Tanglewood Music Center and studied with Gustav Meier. Since 1997 I have lived in Miami, FL were I conducted the South Florida Youth Symphony, guest conduct in Eastern Europe and serve as an Associate Professor of Music at Florida Memorial University. I have also served as  an orchestra adjudicator for many state orchestra festivals in Florida.  I am an avid reader and love Russian novels, I collect classical music CDs and scores, and have six cats 

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