Richard Clary, Professor of Music, was appointed Senior Band Conductor and Director of Wind Ensemble Studies at FSU in 2003. His primary duties include serving as Music Director and Conductor for the University Wind Orchestra and Chamber Winds, teaching graduate-level conducting and wind literature courses, and guidance of the Master of Music degree program in Wind Band Conducting and the Wind Band Conducting Major emphasis in the Ph.D. program in Music Education.
Ensembles under his direction have earned national reputations for excellence through highly acclaimed performances for prestigious musical events, including the 1997 and 2003 National Conferences of the College Band Directors National Association. He most recently conducted the renowned FSU Wind Orchestra in a widely praised finale concert for the 2007 CBDNA National Conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
An active guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, Professor Clary has served in these capacities throughout the United States, Canada, and in seven countries of Western Europe. He holds active memberships in the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA), the Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA), the CBDNA, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), and in 2000 he was elected to the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.
He holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Music Education from the Arizona State University, and has completed course work for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting at the University of Washington in Seattle. His principal conducting teachers have been Richard Strange, Tim Salzman, and Peter Erös.