Richard Travers earned a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from the Boston Conservatory as a student of Allen Lannom, and a degree in Music Education from Berklee College of Music. A retired music educator in the Newton Public Schools, Travers directed the choirs at Newton North High School and was recognized for his work with students as the inaugural recipient of the Elicker Award for Teaching Excellence.
He has directed the Fine Arts Chorale (since 2009) and the Newton Community Chorus (since 1998). Travers thoroughly enjoyed his tenure as Music Director of the Rosie’s Place Jazz Choir, working closely with the late Kip Tiernan, founder of Rosie’s Place. Maestro Travers has previously served as the Assistant Music Director of the Masterworks Chorale, Choral Director of Fitchburg State College, and New England Conservatory Youth Chorale.
One of the highlights of Maestro Travers’ career was a program at Emmanuel Church (Boston) performing Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert with the greatest jazz musicians in Boston—soloists Rebecca Parris, Dick Johnson, Monica Hatch, and Paul Broadnax, as well as the Kenny Hadley Band, Newton North High School choirs, and the award-winning Foxboro High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Steve Massey. The late Herb Pomeroy, who played with Duke Ellington, conducted the concert. It was selected by the Boston Globe as one of the “top ten jazz concerts of 1998.” Other highlights include 14 choral concert tours throughout Europe with the Family Singers of Newton North High School, including performances at Liverpool Cathedral, Notre Dame and St Peter’s.
Mr. Travers has served as guest conductor of the Melbourne (AU) Youth Choir and the Massachusetts Music Educators Northeast, Southeast, Central and Western Festival Choirs. He serves an adjudicator for the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association Festivals and for Music in the Parks.
Richard Travers maintains a busy private studio that provides instruction on voice, theory, songwriting, and piano to students from age 7 to 92. He has recently developed a music lecture series of varied topics that has been successful in many senior living communities throughout Massachusetts. Richard and his wife Diane are the proud parents of four remarkable children.