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Richard StrauchRichard Strauch

300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4587
Fax: 509.777.3739
Office Location: Music Building 110

Richard Strauch is a professor of music at Whitworth and second trombone in the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. He is director of the Whitworth Wind Symphony and teaches applied low brass, and courses in music history and conducting. He is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the Northwest. Under his direction, the Whitworth Wind Symphony has been recognized as one of the outstanding university bands in the region, and has appeared in concert at the 1999, 2001, and 2007 MENC Northwest Divisional Conferences, and at the 2002 Western/Northwestern Divisional Conference of the College Band Directors National Association. The Whitworth Wind Symphony has released three compact disc recordings.


D.M.A. Yale University School of Music
B.Mus. Wheaton College Conservatory of Music

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Conducting; music history; trombone performance.

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

Leads Whitworth's Domain of the Arts: Rome/Munich study program during alternating Jan Terms and teaches Music in France as part of the university's France study program.

Served as a clinician, EWMEA Large Group (Concert Band) Festival (2007).

Wrote an article, "High School Music and College Success: a Case Study from Whitworth," in Voice (2008).

Performs with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, second trombone.

Prior to joining the music faculty at Whitworth, served as director of instrumental activities at Phillips University, acting director of the Wheaton College Wind Ensemble, and assistant to the director of bands at Yale University. Strauch has toured Europe as music director of the Oklahoma Ambassadors of Music and as conductor of the Fox Valley Youth Orchestra.

Trombone performance credits include the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.  Performed recitals as part of the Phillips University Performing Arts Series and the University of Oklahoma's Norton Distinguished Music Series. His primary teachers were Stephen Fissel, Audrey Morrison and John Swallow; has studied with Jay Friedman (Chicago Symphony) and Milt Stevens (National Symphony). Is an artist/educational specialist for United Musical Instruments and plays a Conn 88H-CL.

Listed in Who's Who in America, and is a member of the College Band Directors National Association and the International Trombone Association.