Some of the things taking shape for my 2019-2020 calendar include a week residency in Sioux City, Iowa, a new work for a high school in CA, and two new works receiving their world premiere at ACDA Western in March. Still waiting for the green light on other stuff, then I’ll make an official announcement. Stay tuned!
After thirty years of college teaching, Richard Burchard is now semi-retired has relocated to his hometown of Meadville in Western PA, and focusing on composing. “I finally have time to get to all those back burner projects that have been sitting there for years.”
Burchard’s portfolio includes over 100 commissioned works, most of them written for A Cappella Choir. His choral works have been performed and premiered throughout the United States at a number of state, regional and national choral conferences. World premiere highlights include:
2010: WHEN DAVID HEARD and MISERERE MEI at ACDA Western
2011: ECCE DEDEI VERBA MEI at ACDA National
2012: DEDICATION at ACDA Southern
2013: THE PARTING GLASS at NCCO
2014: SITIVIT ANIMA MEA and BRIGHT IS THE RING OF WORDS at ACDA Western
2015: TENEBRAE at ACDA National
2016: SITIO at ACDA Southern
2017: SONG OF ETERNAL HOPE at ACDA National
2018: VENITATI ENIM CREATURA at ACDA Southern
VISIONS & DREAMS and ON A MARCH DAY at ACDA Western
2019: MOTHERLESS CHILD and EVERYONE SANG at ACDA National
European premieres of his choral music have been in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal. Other works have been premiered in China and Australia.
Burchard’s major works include:
THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF CHRIST, an 8-movement work for choir and strings, which received its Carnegie Hall debut on April, 2018.
STABAT MATER, a 45-minute work for choir, strings, 3 trombones, clarinet, and percussion, which received its world premiere at the American Cathedral in Paris, France on March 29, 2019.
FALLING STARS, a 6-movement work for choir, strings, piano, harp, and clarinet, which received its world premiere on May 2 in Natchitoches, LA.