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Phyllis Crossen-Richardson, D.M.A.

Lecturer in Music

Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Bassoon

Education
  • D.M.A., Music Performance, University of Maryland, 2004
  • M.M., Music Performance, University of Maryland, 1995
  • B.M., Music Performance, Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, 1978
Teaching
  • MUS 101: Introduction to Music
  • MUS 255/455: Applied Music: Reeds
  • MUS 287/487: Woodwind Chamber Music
Professional Experience

Dr. Crossen-Richardson has performed extensively as a chamber musician and recitalist throughout the United States. While living in Philadelphia, she regularly performed with the Tyler Chamber Players and Trilogy. Locally, she plays in the Annapolis Chamber Players, Trio Simpatico, the Annapolis Wind Symphony, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Dr. Crossen-Richardson is a founding member of the Annapolis Chamber Players (ACP). As ACP’s Artistic Director and clarinetist, she works with the other performers to craft unique and appealing programs of famous and not so famous works for mixed chamber ensembles. The Players are featured on many chamber music series and present their own concert series at St. John’s College and the Charles Carroll House.

As an educator, Dr. Crossen-Richardson is committed to music education, in particular, providing chamber music opportunities for young musicians. She is the Director of ACP’s Chesapeake Chamber Music Connection and the now defunct University of Maryland’s ClarinetConnection. She has taught clarinet privately for many years, from Michigan to Maryland, and coached chamber music ensembles at the University of Maryland, South River High School, and the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra. Her classroom experience includes teaching the University of Maryland’s Interdisciplinary course: “Creativity in Math, Music, and Architecture,” as Edward Walters’s assistant.

Dr. Crossen-Richardson received her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees, both in clarinet performance, from the University of Maryland where she studied with Loren Kitt and Edward Walters. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where she studied with Ignatius Gennusa and Sidney Forrest. In addition she has studied clarinet with Robert Marcellus and Anthony Gigliotti and coached chamber music with numerous artists including Leon Fleischer, Philadelphia Orchestra Woodwind Quintet, and David Salness.

As a researcher, Dr. Crossen-Richardson has done extensive research and archival work for the International Clarinet Association Research Center. Projects include the development of Finding Aids for both the Daniel Bonade and Jerry Pierce Collections. In addition, Dr. Crossen-Richardson has written liner notes for music CDs, and published articles in The Clarinet and Clarinet & Saxophone. Her Doctoral thesis, “Selected Clarinet, Cello, and Piano Trios: Unknown or Forgotten,” was published in its entirety in the NACWPI Journal.