Richard Hutton, Our Apprentice Conductor
Richard Hutton was very excited to be a part of the NSCS as its first intern Apprentice Conductor during the 2011-2012 season. He grew up in Lansing, Illinois and Dyer, Indiana. Prior to pursuing his graduate degree, he received his Bachelor of Arts in both Music and Philosophy with a minor in Bioethics from Loyola University Chicago where he studied voice and conducting with Dr. Julia Davids. He now holds a Master of Music in Choral Conducting degree from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ. His primary teachers there were Dr. Joe Miller, Dr. James Jordan and Dr. Andrew Megill, three of America's most sought after choral conductors. Richard was an adjunct music faculty member at Princeton Day School and a semifinalist in the National ACDA Conducting Competition. During his second year of graduate studies, Richard was a graduate assistant conductor for Westminster Schola Cantorum, the choir of the sophomore class, and was an assistant conductor for the Westminster Community Chorus and Chamber Choir. During his master’s study, he gave four conducting recitals and sang Tenor or Countertenor in such renowned ensembles as the Westminster Choir, Westminster Kantorei, Westminster Symphonic Choir and Westminster Williamson Voices. During the summer of 2011, he sang with the Westminster Choir at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, was in Brazil for a month-long mission trip, sang in the Westminster Festival Chorus and conducted in Yale University's Norfolk Chamber Choir. In Chicago during his undergrad, he was the conducting intern for The Moody Church Sanctuary Choir, Orchestra and Children's Choir.