Instructor of Theatre Arts, Interlochen Arts Camp
M.M., Choral Conducting, University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music; M.A., New Testament Greek, Biblical Theological Seminary; B.M.E., Vocal Music, Central Michigan University
After teaching in the Mt. Pleasant, MI Public Schools for 13 years, Rick and his family have relocated to Brownsville, Texas, where he leads the Pace High School choral program of the Brownsville Independent School District. While living in mid-Michigan he was Music Director and Conductor for 16 Broadway musicals at Mt. Pleasant and Midland High Schools and Mid-Michigan Community College. His Mt. Pleasant choirs made two appearances on the Carnegie Hall stage, most recently by invitation after winning all possible awards at the Heritage Festival Cleveland with scores of 96, 97, and 98. His choirs have been called "first-rate," "gorgeous," "exceptional," and "stunning." In the summer of 2009 Rick realized a life-long dream of conducting at Interlochen the world premiere performance of his Great-Uncle John Phelps's Piano Concerto in D Minor, written in 1941 and performed with the composer - at 100 - in attendance.