2019 Gathering Wind Symphony Director
Dr. Richard Fischer
Dr. Richard Fischer, Distinguished Professor of Music and the Fred and Jane Wittlinger Endowed Chair for Music Performance, is in his 45th year as director of the Wind Symphony and University Band at Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill. He holds the bachelor of music education and master of music degrees from De Paul University and the doctor of musical arts degree from Michigan State University. He has also studied at Cornell College and the University of Northern Colorado.
Since Fischer’s arrival in 1974, the Wind Symphony has performed concerts in 43 states, Canada, Europe, China and South Africa. The Wind Symphony has also performed at the National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), the Illinois Music Educators Conference and Lutheran Education Association convocations in Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Grand Rapids. In the fall of 1995, the ensemble performed at The Symphony Center in Chicago. The Wind Symphony performed as the “Showcase Ensemble” for the New York City Wind Band Festival at Carnegie Hall on March 4, 2014 and will again on March 13, 2019.