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Marguerite Richardson

Dr. Marguerite Richardson

Professor of Music

Fine Arts Music

Email address  mrichar10@ju.edu
Telephone number  (904) 256-7379
Office location  Phillip Fine Arts Bldg., 214

Marguerite Richardson holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a Master of Music degree from the University of South Carolina, and the Doctor of Music degree from The Florida State University. Her teachers include Eliot Chapo, John Bauer (violin and viola), David Cerone, Ronald Gorevic, Kochira Harada, and Pamela Ryan (viola). Dr. Richardson has performed symphonic and chamber music throughout the United States, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and China. As a member of the Jacksonville Symphony, she appeared as soloist in performances of Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto, Vivaldi’s Summer Concerto from The Four Seasons, and Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins. Dr. Richardson has appeared as recitalist and chamber musician in several venues in the north Florida area, including the St. Augustine Music Festival, the Chamber Music Society of Good Shepherd, and the Friday Musicale, in addition to on-campus performances.

Dr. Richardson is currently Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Activities at Jacksonville University. She teaches courses in Orchestral Conducting, Violin and Viola Pedagogy, and Violin and Viola Literature, as well as coaching the Honors String Quartet. Dr. Richardson is actively involved as both a violin and viola performer, appearing regularly on faculty and student recitals. Under her direction, the Jacksonville University Orchestra and Jacksonville University Camerata are vibrant ensembles that perform repertoire of diverse musical styles, from Baroque to contemporary. In addition to presenting six major concerts on campus each year, the JU Orchestra and Camerata have also participated in sound track recordings for the Film Department, and collaborations with theatre, opera, musical theater, and choral productions, as well as off-campus performances throughout Florida. The Jacksonville University Orchestra regularly showcases compositions by faculty and students, and student winners of the annual concerto competition. Dr. Richardson is a member of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA), the Florida Orchestra Association (FOA), the College Music Society (CMS) and the College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA), for which she served as President during the 2022-2023 academic year.

Dr. Richardson’s past conducting experience includes the University of North Florida Orchestra (a program which she began and developed) and the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra (Associate Conductor), where she originated the Premiere Strings Orchestra and later served as conductor of the Repertory Orchestra.

In the summer of 2016, Dr. Richardson participated in the International Conductors’ Festival held at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, where she conducted the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra from Manchester, England. This experience led to an invitation to conduct the Piccadilly Symphony in England in February of 2017. In the fall of 2016, Dr. Richardson was named conductor of the Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville, a community-based ensemble that performs classical music concerts throughout the north Florida area in a wide variety of venues.

As a violinist, Dr. Richardson performs with the Kinne Trio, the faculty piano trio-in-residence at Jacksonville University, which includes Shannon Lockwood (cello) and Scott Watkins (piano).  The group’s debut recording features works by composers Clara Schumann and Amy Beach. In the summer of 2017, the trio, along with guest faculty, hosted the first Summer Chamber Music Intensive, a week-long chamber music residential camp for high school students. An avid orchestral violinist, Dr. Richardson continues to perform with the Jacksonville Symphony, a professional ensemble with which she was a full-time member prior to her joining the faculty of Jacksonville University.

In the summers of 2012 and 2014, Dr. Richardson was a Visiting Foreign Scholar at Beifang University (Yin Chuan, Ningxia Province, China) and, in 2012, a Visiting Professor of Ningxia Teachers University (Guyuan, Ningxia Province, China). In China, Dr. Richardson taught master classes and private lessons in both violin and viola, conducted the Beifang University Orchestra, and presented solo recitals.

Doctor of Music, Florida State University
Master of Music, University of South Carolina
Bachelor of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music