Dr. Jonathan Richter is an active conductor, vocalist, and music educator based in the Boston area. He currently teaches full time as a Visiting Lecturer in the music department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. There, Dr. Richter leads a vibrant and active choral program, directing three ensembles and teaching various courses in musicianship and music education. He also serves on the faculty of New England Conservatory where he directs the Concert Choir, the large symphonic choir at the college. Richter has led choral programs in a wide variety of music-making environments, including public and private high schools, universities, community music schools, community choirs, and places of worship. Richter is regularly called upon to serve as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor of festival choruses throughout the northeast United States.
Having worked for many years with adolescent and youth musicians, Dr. Richter has made the advancement of music education a focal point of his work at the collegiate level. After successfully leading high school choral programs in Suffield, CT and Plymouth, MA, Richter served as Director of Youth Choirs at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School from 2011 to 2018. During his tenure at NEC Prep, enrollment in the youth choral program tripled and the ensembles performed a number of renowned major works, including Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, the Lord Nelson Mass by Joseph Haydn, A Child of Our Time by Michael Tippett, and the Gloria of Francis Poulenc. From 2011-2018 Richter also taught at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI, where he ran the choral program and taught courses in musicianship and aesthetics.
Dr. Richter holds degrees from Boston University (DMA ‘17), Yale University (MM ‘09), and the University of Connecticut (BA and BS ‘06), and has studied conducting privately with Ann Howard Jones, Scott Allen Jarrett, David Hoose, Marguerite L. Brooks, Simon Carrington, and Peter Bagley. An avid supporter of today’s composers, Richter has conducted or prepared choruses for premieres of new works by Silvio Amato, Bosba, Whitman Brown, Stephen Feigenbaum, Charles Tarver, and Derek J. Weagle, among others. In addition to his work as a conductor and educator, Richter is an active vocalist, having performed with the Genesis Chamber Singers and as a baritone soloist in major works including the Membra Jesu Nostri by Dietrich Buxtehüde, the Vespro della Beata Vergine by Claudio Monteverdi, and Judas Maccabaeus by George Frideric Handel.