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Phone him at (814) 867-9935.

 

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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.

 

GUEST CONDUCTOR

  • 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!

 

Clinician

  • Central Bucks SD residency, 2017
  • Oley Valley High School, 2017
  • Marin School of the Arts, 2016
  • Susquehanna University, 2015, 2012
  • Bucknell University, 2000-2017 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.

 

IMPROVISATION PEDAGOGY

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