Richard Clary is Professor of Conducting, Senior Band Conductor, and Director of Wind Ensemble Studies at FSU. He serves as Music Director/Conductor for the internationally renowned University Wind Orchestra and Chamber Winds, teaches graduate-level conducting and wind literature courses, and guides Conducting Majors in both the Music Education Ph.D. and the Master of Music in Wind Band Conducting degree programs.
Prior to his 2003 appointment at FSU, Professor Clary served ten years as Director of Bands at the University of Kentucky. His combined tenures in Lexington and Tallahassee have seen him conduct highly-acclaimed performances for the 1997, 2003, 2007 and 2015 National Conferences of the College Band Directors National Association, as well as the 2013 National Convention of the American Bandmasters Association.
Professional memberships include the National Association for Music Education, Florida Music Educators Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and the prestigious American Bandmasters Association (ABA). In March, 2017 he assumed two-year terms as both Member of the ABA Executive Board, and as CBDNA National Executive Board President.
Professor Clary holds Bachelor and Master of Music diplomas in Music Education from the Arizona State University School of Music, and has completed all course work and exams for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting at the University of Washington in Seattle. His principal conducting teachers have been Richard Strange, Tim Salzman, and Peter Erös.