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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 Whitworth Chamber Winds, and teaches courses in music history. 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 state and regional conferences of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the College Band Directors National Association; and has toured throughout the western United States and Hawaii, Costa Rica, and Thailand.


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 Power and Politics of Art: Rome/Florence/Vienna/Berlin study program during alternating Jan Terms.

Paper presentation: “Passion Plays, Prebyterians, and Parsifal: Wagner’s Final Music Drama and the Crisis in American Protestantism.” Society for Christian Scholarship in Music, Calvin College, Feb. 2012

Workshop presentation: “Putting the Rhythm Into the Wind: Introducing the LSP Approach to Wind Playing.” Washington Music Educators Association, Yakima, WA, Feb. 2018

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). He is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music, the American Musicological Society, and the International Trombone Association.