Eric K. Richards
Vocal Coach / Musical Theater Director / Choral Conductor

Motivated, precise professional with an extensive musical background including choral, musical theater, solo, teaching, and directing work. Keen sense of sound quality and vocal/music articulation. Powerful organizational skills with exceptional creative proficiency to work impeccably with any individual or group.
 
EXPERIENCE
Voice training with:
Spencer Welch, Canada
Greg Enriquez, Las Vegas
Dean Kaelin, Salt Lake CityKaelin, Salt Lake City
Wendy Parr, New York
Michael Goodrich, Los Angeles
John Henny, Los Angeles
Dave Stroud, San Francisco
Shelly Franklin Rose, Hollywood
Jeffrey Skouson, Las Vegas
Kathy Kennedy, San Francisco
Laura Ahlstrand Gwin, San Ramon
Robert Peterson, Salt Lake City
 
Other Training:
Seth Riggs Summer Vocal Program             2008, 2009
Michele Weir Jazz Vocal Workshops            2008, 2009, 2014,  2015
VocalizeU Musical Theater with Boko Suzuki and Rachael Lawrence            2012
VocalizeU Musical Theater with Tamra Glaser
            2016
 
Membership:
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Formerly Studied and Previously Certified in Speech Level Singing®
International Voice Teachers of Mix
Vocology in Practice Authorized Instructor
 
Teaching:
Private Piano, Vocal, Musical Theater Instruction           
2006 - present, 1999 – 2002, 1990 - 1992
 
Music Coaching/Directing:
Lion King Jr. (Sandy Arts)              2017
Seussical Jr. (Sandy Arts)              2016
Peter Pan Jr. (Sandy Arts) 
            2015
Thoroughly Modern Millie (Sandy Amphitheater)            2013
High School Musical (Sandy Arts)            2011
Evening of Jazz (Sandy Arts)            2011
King & I – Draper Amphitheater (Draper Arts)            2010
Willy Wonka Jr. – Mt. Jordan Theater (Sandy Arts)            2010
Cinderella and Fame Assistant Vocals – Draper/Egyptian Theaters            2009
Beauty and the Beast – Sandy Amphitheater        2007
Bye Bye Birdie – Juan Diego, Draper        2007
Pirates of Penzance – Juan Diego, Draper         2006
Scarlet Pimpernel – Sandy Amphitheater         2006
Hello Dolly – Draper Theater         2005
Sound of Music – Draper Theater         2003
Light the Fire Within        2002
Winter Olympics Celebration – Children’s Chorus         2001
Once Upon A Mattress – Eastridge         1998
Fiddler on the Roof – Promise Valley Playhouse         1991
Like Father Like Son – Sandy Central         1985
Conducting Sandy and Eastridge Choirs ,13 years
 
Performance Roles:
Edna,  Hairspray         2011 
Jekyll, Young Frankenstein Professor, Secret Garden Father, Frightmares        2009
Into The Woods Prince, Sparky, Ensemble, Memories Showcase                2009
Mayor Silberhaus, The Nutcracker                 2002, 2004 
The Tin Man, Wizard of Oz                 2004   
The Minstrel, Once Upon A Mattress                 2002  
Sparky, Forever Plaid                1997 - 2001 
Pat Gilbert, State Fair                 2001 
Marcelus, The Music Man                 2000  
Ensemble, The Best of Broadway with Robert Peterson                 1999   
Reuben, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat                 1996  
Orchestra/Keyboard, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat                 1991
Francesco Di’Amore, Twelve Dancing Princesses                 1990       
Prince Dauntless, Once Upon A Mattress                 1988   
The Blacksmith, The United Order                 1986  
Uncle Holly, A Trip to Zardia                 1985      
Will Parker, Oklahoma                 1984    
Motel Kamzoil, Fiddler on the Roof                 1983    
Chorus, Hello Dolly                 1982
Bob Crachet, A Christmas Carol                1980       
Michael Banks, Mary Poppins                 1975  
 
Performance Venues:
Sandy Amphitheater, The Grand Theater, Cathedral of the Madeleine, Draper Historic Theater, West Valley Amphitheater, Lone Peak, The Salt Palace, Mt. Jordan Auditorium, The Assembly Hall, Good Lutheran Church, Murray Amphitheater, State Capitol, Kingbury Hall, Promised Valley Playhouse, Draper Amphitheater, The Egyptian Theater, American Jewish University in Bel Aire, Mount St. Mary's
 
Soloist & Choruses:
Allies Gala Performance with Tyler Glenn, Neon Trees         2015
Perchek, Fiddler on the Roof in Concert         2003
A New Millennium of Broadway         2000
An Evening with the Gershwins         1999
An Evening with Cole Porter         1998
A Salute to Hollywood Musicals         1997
100 Years of American Musical Theater         1996
America West Chorus - 1995 through 1997
Interfaith Music Festival         1995
The Dickens Festival Singers         1985
State Competition (Vocal Solos / Piano Solos)         1984, 1985
Salt Lake Opera         1984
All-State Choir         1983, 1984
Annual Choir Festival - 1979 through 1985
 
Compositions:
What Child Is This? – Choral arrangement, Copyright 1996
It’s Christmas Back Home – Copyright 1988
Can You Hear The Angels Sing? – Copyright 1985
 
Tours:
LDS Church History Choral Tour         1990
Denver Choral Tour         1989
Southern Utah Choral Tour         1985
California Choral Tour         1984
 
Service:
Sandy Arts Guild, President         2004 - 2006
Sandy Arts Guild 1985, ‘88- 2007
Salt Lake Institute Concert Choir, President         1988 - 1989
Jordan High School Madrigal, President         1984 - 1985
 
Related Experience:
Communications, Sandy City        2013 - Present
Marketing Director, Utah Central Credit Union        2006 - 2012
Freelance Marketing and Graphic Artist        1993 - Present
Creative Director/Publisher, Market Design Media          1997 - 2006
Emcee, Interfaith Music Festival        2003-05, ’09-‘10
Emcee, Sandy Talent Showcase         2004
Judge, West Valley City Pageant         2003
Judge, Musical Theater – Granite School District         2002
Judge, Golden Spike Awards         2000
Art Director, International Voyager Media         1993 - 1996
 
RECOGNITION
Savvy Award – Adventure Week       2016
3CMA Award of Excellence – Sandy Safety Kids Graphic Design       2016

Silver Circle Award – Folks with Fresh Ideas Video       2015
3CMA Award of Excellence – SandyNow! Newsletter, Partnering for Success       2015
Silver Circle Aware – The Cairns: Where Mountain Meets Urban       2015
3CMA Award of Excellence – Sandy Facebook Content       2014

Gold Award – NAPA End-use Superiority and Best Innovation        2009
Utah Genius Awards – Utah Central Trademarking        2008
Diamond Awards – Youth Marketing Programs & Credit Card Designs        2008
Employee of the Year – Marketing Director        2007
Sandy Amphitheater Volunteer of the Year        2005
Crystal Awards – 2002 Olympic Guide        2003
Crystal Awards – Feminine Fortunes Magazine        2002
Musician of the Year – University of Utah (SLICC)         1992
1st Place Reflections Contest Winner – Music Composition         1980, ‘83, ‘84
Lettered in Music        1983 - 1985
Superior Rating – Senior Vocal Performance/BYU         1985
 
EDUCATION
Speech Level Singing Certified; NATS, Vocology, VIP, BAST training
University of Utah: Mass Communications & Film; Music – Sight Singing, Theory, Composition, Ear training