Dr. Richard Todd
String Area Leader, Classical Guitar, Music Theory
A Tennessee State University faculty member since the fall of 2000, Associate Professor 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 and Music Theory courses. He also serves as Coordinator of both the String and Music Theory areas. 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.” The Fort Worth Star-Telegram noted his playing for its “considerable energy and impressive virtuosity.” His CD recording in duo with Atlanta guitarist John Huston, Pura Vida (www.soundset.com), was described by Soundboard as “powerful and dramatic.”
In addition to his teaching and performing activities, Dr. Todd serves as Artistic Director of the Virtuoso Showcase Classical Guitar Series at the Nashville Main Library. The series features great guitarists from around the world. He also serves as President of the Middle Tennessee Guitar Alliance (www.middletennesseeguitaralliance.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering guitar artistry, outreach and education in the Greater Nashville area.
Contact Dr. Todd
PA 272, (615) 963-7753