Dr. Richard Todd
String Area Leader, Classical Guitar, Music Theory
A Tennessee State University faculty member since the fall of 2000, Richard Todd received the B.M., summa cum laude, in Guitar Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the M.M. in Guitar Performance from Southern Methodist University, and the D.M.A. in Guitar Performance from the University of North Texas. He also studied extensively with world-renowned guitarist Matteo Mela in Cremona, Italy. In his formative years he earned a number of awards, including First Prize in both the Music Teachers’ National Association Competition and the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition.
Dr. Todd teaches guitar, music history and music theory courses. He also serves as Strings Area Coordinator. In addition to his teaching duties, he maintains an active performing career. Soundboard Magazine has described his playing as “subtly brilliant,” displaying “rich tone, effortless phrasing and a masterful use of silence.” Since 2009, he has been regularly performing in duo with Atlanta-based guitarist John Huston (www.hustontodd.com). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram described the duo as displaying “considerable energy and impressive virtuosity.” Their debut recording, Pura Vida (www.soundset.com), features a wide range of Latin American works for two guitars. Recent duo performance highlights include the Fort Worth Guitar Guild Music Festival, the Festival Mediterraneo della Chitarra in Cervo, Italy, and the University of Louisville Classical Guitar Festival. Dr. Todd also directs both the annual Tennessee State University Classical Guitar Seminar and the Virtuoso Showcase Classical Guitar Series, which takes place at the Nashville Main Public Library. The series features great guitarists from around the world.
Contact Dr. Todd
PA 272, (615) 963-7753