Dr. Richard Seiler, Jr. is the holder of the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Endowed Professorship in Music.
Seiler teaches piano, piano literature, and music theory to students enrolled in the Division of Music in the School of Visual and Performing Arts at ULM.
Originally from Brevard, N.C., Seiler holds undergraduate and advanced performance degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, N.C., Illinois State University and Louisiana State University.
He tours frequently with ULM faculty ensembles and has performed several times for National Flute Association conventions in Atlanta, Washington D.C., Kansas City, and Anaheim, twice for International Clarinet Association conventions in New Orleans and Tokyo, as well as the 2010 Canadian University Music Society International Conference.
In addition, he has performed for the Mid-South Flute Society Conference, the College Music Society Southern Chapter conference, the International Horn Society Southeast Division workshops, and the 2007 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. He served on the guest artist faculty at the week-long International Music Festival in Yantai, China, in 2006.
Seiler is listed on the Louisiana Division of the Arts Touring and Artist Roster and has toured the state with Northeast Louisiana Arts Council ensembles-in-residence since 2002, having been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts through the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Seiler and Sandra Lunte, performing as a piano/flute duo, won the NELAC’s 2006 Artist-of-the-Year Award.
He holds professional memberships with Pi Kappa Lambda, American Guild of Organists, College Music Society, Canadian University Music Society, Music Teachers National Association, and is a National Patron of Delta Omicron.
His teachers included Peter Paciencia, Robert Blocker, Joseph DiPiazza, Gellert Modos, and Jack Guerry. As a student for three summers at the Brevard Music Center Festival, he studied with Anthony Sirianni.
A Fazioli artist, Seiler has taught masterclasses and performed as a solo/collaborative pianist in the United States, Europe, Canada, Japan, and China, has soloed with orchestras in North Carolina, Illinois, and Louisiana, including the LSU Symphony in a performance of the Prokofiev Third Piano Concerto, and has recorded twice for Centaur Records.
About the Endowment:
The Emy-Lou Biedenharn Endowed Professorship in Music endowment was established to encourage and reward excellence in teaching and demonstrate scholarly expertise in an appropriate field of music.