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SeilerRichard Seiler of Brevard, North Carolina, is a Professor, Keyboard Area Coordinator, and a previous holder (2010-2013) of the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Endowed Professorship in Music in the Department of Music in the School of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Louisiana at Monroe where he teaches piano, piano literature, and music theory.  Dr. Seiler holds performance degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (BM), Illinois State University (MM), and Louisiana State University (DMA).  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 for Centaur Records (twice) and MSR Classics.  Seiler performs and tours frequently with numerous ULM faculty ensembles, having performed at the 1999, 2002, 2008, 2010, and 2013 National Flute Association conventions in Atlanta, Washington D.C., Kansas City, Anaheim, and New Orleans, the 2001 and 2005 International Clarinet Association conventions in New Orleans and Tokyo, the 2002 Mid-South Flute Society conference, four College Music Society Southern Chapter conferences, the 2013 International Horn Society conference in Memphis (including five IHS Southeast Division workshops), the 2007 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities in Honolulu, the 2013 National Opera Association conference in Portland, the 2010 Canadian University Music Society international conference in Regina, Saskatchewan, and numerous tri-state regional and Louisiana state conferences of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.  He has served as the accompanist for the Louisiana All-State Choir for twenty years, and is the rehearsal/performance pianist for The Louisiana Opera.   He served on the guest artist teaching and performing faculty at the International Music Festival in Yantai, China (Summer 2006) and as a faculty collaborative pianist at the Curso Internacional de Musica Vocal (Summers 2013-14) in Aveiro, Portugal.  Seiler has worked closely with world-renowned composers including William Bolcom, Eric Ewazen, Libby Larsen, Stephen Paulus, Gary Schocker, Frank Ticheli, Gwyneth Walker, and Chen Yi.  Eric Ewazen’s Sonata No. 2 for Flute and Piano was commissioned by and written for Seiler and flutist Sandra Lunte and is published by Theodore Presser.  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 is a co-recipient of the NELAC’s 2006 Artist-of-the-Year Award and won the 2011 ULM Foundation Award for Excellence in Creative/Artistic Activity.  He holds professional memberships with Pi Kappa Lambda, American Guild of Organists, College Music Society, Music Teachers National Association, and is a National Patron of Delta Omicron.  Dr. Seiler also serves as organist/choirmaster at Grace Episcopal Church in Monroe and was the artistic director and pianist for the “Tuesdays in June” summer concert series for the last fifteen of its forty seasons.