Dr. Richard E. Yaklich, currently serves as an Associate Professor of Music at Florida Memorial University; Former Conductor of the South Florida Youth Symphony (2002-2013) and the former Director of the Jubilate Chamber Orchestra, Associate Conductor of the Kingsport Symphony and Music Director of the Kingsport Youth Symphony
He has conducted orchestras throughout the United States and Eastern Europe including the Maikop Philharmonic and the Sochi Symphony Orchestra in Russia. He will conduct in Romania later in 2016. Dr. Yaklich has conducted the Alhambra Orchestra of Miami, FL on several occasions. Dr. Yaklich is also a certified orchestra adjudicator for the Florida Orchestra Association and has adjudicated orchestra festivals throughout the state of Florida. He attended the Tanglewood Music Center where studied conducting with such musical notables as Gustav Meier, Charles Dutoit, Leon Fleisher, Maurice Abravanel, and Seiji Ozawa. While studying at the Conductor’s Institute in 1993, he had master classes with Donald Portnoy, Samuel Jones, Larry Newland, and Paul Vermal.
In addition to his conducting activities, he is an active cellist and composer and has had works performed by the Colorado Symphony and in Romania. His composition, “Theme and Variations for Orchestra” was performed by the South Florida Youth Orchestra in January of 2003, and “In Memorium” was given its world primer at the University of Miami in 2007. A winner of the Walter Charles Conducting Fellowship, Colorado Arts and Humanities Grant and the Allied Arts, Inc. grant, he has also been listed in “Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities.” A member of the Gustav Mahler Society, American Symphony Orchestra League and the Conductor’s Guild, he has published a book on orchestra repertoire which was published by Edwin Mellen Press in 2003 (www.mellenpress.com), “The Struggle for Life in the Middle Ages and the Chaos of the Renaissance was published by Author House (www.authorhouse.com) in 2009. In 2010 Linus Publications published his text book on Music Form and Analysis. He is currently working on a book about conductor Eugene Ormandy and how Ormandy created the “Philadelphia Sound.” It will be published in 2016 by Mellen Press. Dr. Yaklich received his bachelor’s degree in 1989 from the University of Southern Colorado; his Master’s degree in music from Colorado State University and his Doctorate in 1996 the University of South Carolina. Dr. Yaklich is now Director of Assessment at Florida Memorial University.
He is a native of Pueblo, CO and grew up playing cello, first in the Pueblo Youth Symphony and latter with the Pueblo Symphony, Mozart Chamber Orchestra and Pueblo Jazz Orchestra. He is an avid reader of history and Russian novels, he collects classical music CDs and scores.