Email Rick via this form.

Phone him at (814) 867-9935.


Please inquire about:

  • School visits & workshops

  • Booking a live jazz group for your event

  • Commissioning custom music

  • Anything else on your mind

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State College, PA

(814) 867-9935

Rick Hirsch is a nationally-known composer, arranger and jazz educator living in State College, PA. Check out his music, book a live jazz band in Central Pennsylvania.

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Conductor / Clinician

GUEST COnductor & Clinician

Rick has been involved with music education for over twenty-five years and is passionate about working with developing musicians, particularly those involved with jazz and creative music.



  • PMEA District 3 Jazz Band, 2020

  • MMEA Maryland All-State Jazz Band, 2019

  • Great Plains Jazz Festival (Omaha), 2018

  • Hollidaysburg Area High School, 2018

  • Water Gap Jazz Orchestra, 2017

  • University of Kentucky Big Band Bash, 2017

  • PMEA District 10 Jazz Band, 2017

  • PMEA District 6 Jazz Band, 2017

  • Marin School of the Arts, 2016

  • PMEA District 7 Jazz Band, 2016

  • Delaware All-State Jazz Band, 2015

  • PMEA District 5 Jazz Band, 2015

  • Iowa All-State Jazz Band, 2014

  • PMEA District 6 Jazz Band, 2014

  • PMEA District 8 Jazz Band, 2014

  • PMEA District 9 Jazz Band, 2014

  • PMEA District 7 Jazz Band, 2012

  • PMEA District 6 Jazz Band, 2011

Rick *loves* guest conducting opportunities like the ones listed above!



  • Clearfield Area Jr/Sr High School, 2019

  • Phoenixville Area High School, 2019

  • Souderton Area High School, 2019

  • Conrad Weiser HS Jazz Festival, 2018

  • Chantilly HS Jazz Festival, 2018

  • University of Nebraska—Omaha, 2018

  • Central Bucks SD residency, 2017

  • Oley Valley High School, 2017

  • Marin School of the Arts, 2016

  • Susquehanna University, 2015, 2012

  • Bucknell University, 2000-2018 several occasions

  • Lock Haven University, 2014

  • Mansfield University, 2014

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2010

  • Penn State School of Music, 2008-2015 several occasions

  • Ithaca College, 2007

  • University of Kentucky, 2006

  • Over 100 of High Schools and Middle Schools throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Wisconsin and Illinois.

Topics include

  • Jazz Ensemble

  • Improvisation

  • Saxophone

  • Composition and Arranging

  • Music Theory

Rick has a broad skill-set and has a rich history of presenting workshops to student musicians, having done so at over 100 middle schools, high schools, colleges, and universities throughout the northeast and upper midwest.



Rick has a longtime interest in improvisation pedagogy, emphasizing aural learning methods. He has been an invited presenter numerous times.

  • JEN (Jazz Education Network), 2017

  • Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, 2015

  • Pennsylvania Music Educators Association annual conference, 2015, 2010

  • Iowa Bandmasters Association, 2015

  • Penn State University music education majors, 2012, 2013, 2014

  • Contributing author, Musicianship: Composing in Band and Orchestra (GIA, 2014)


Let's talk

Call or email Rick via his contact page.


Say what?

"Thanks so much for giving our students a fabulous experience, as a conductor as well as a clinician. You were great!"   ~ Vanessa Sandlin, Delaware All-State coordinator


"Your excitement about the music brought out the energy of everyone."  ~ Sylvia K., saxophonist in Marin School of the Arts Jazz Band I


"I have heard nothing but great reviews from students, parents, and directors!" ~Aaron Magaro, PMEA District 10 Jazz host


"Thank you for making my last year of All-State Jazz Band the most enjoyable I have had."  
~ Tyler S., student drummer in Delaware All-State Jazz Band


"The kids had a blast working with you and learned a lot." ~Joel Chodoroff, Holicong MS band director


"I've never (before) had a composer describe what is actually going on in a piece in a story-like way. It made us feel like we were actually part of the story as we played it." 
~ Katie O., trumpeter in Marin School of the Arts Jazz Band I