Richard Strauch is Director of the Whitworth Wind Symphony and Professor of Music at Whitworth University. He also teaches courses in music history, and leads Whitworth’s “Power and Politics of Art” study program to Rome, Florence, Vienna, and Berlin every other year. Prior to joining the Whitworth music faculty he served as Director of Instrumental Activities at Phillips University, Acting Director of the Wheaton College Wind Ensemble and Assistant to the Director of Bands at Yale University. He has toured Europe as Music Director of the Oklahoma Ambassadors of Music and as conductor of the Fox Valley Youth Orchestra.
As a trombonist, he as been a member of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra since 2001, and his other performance credits include the Clarion Brass Choir, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Rich holds Doctor of Musical Arts, Master of Musical Arts, and Master of Music degrees in trombone performance from Yale University, and the Bachelor of Music degree in trombone performance and music history from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. His teachers included John Swallow, Audrey Morrison, Steven Fissell, Milt Stevens, and Jay Friedman.
Rich lives in north Spokane with his wife, Sally (an elementary music educator in the West Valley School District), and their three children: Rachel (who also plays violin), Rebecca (who also plays horn), and William (who also plays trombone and baseball). When not playing trombone, conducting, or teaching, Rich can be found riding his bike through the rolling countryside north of Spokane and brewing the occasional batch of beer.