Now serving as the Artistic Director of the Dallas Chamber Symphony, Richard McKay is an active conductor of the symphonic and operatic repertory across the United States, Europe and South America. Recent conducting engagements have included performances with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Mendoza Symphony, Tucumán Symphony, Estonian National Youth Symphony, Sinfonia Bucuresti, and the Orchestra and Solisti at CCM Spoleto. He is slated to conduct at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen.
Mr. McKay has held positions as Cover Conductor of the Dallas Symphony and Baltimore Symphony, where he assisted such conductors as Robert Spano, Günther Herbig and Carlos Kalmar, among others. He earned his doctorate in orchestral conducting with Gustav Meier & Markand Thakar at the Peabody Conservatory, where he held the position of Assistant Conductor of the Peabody Conservatory orchestras and opera. He was also a recipient of scholarships and grants from the Mari’s Fund Foundation and the Peabody Institute, as well as the Peabody Opera Conducting Assistantship award in 2009.
A native of Texas, he earned his Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting, studying with Gerhardt Zimmermann and David Neely at The University of Texas at Austin. While at the University, he served as Music Director of the University Orchestra and conducted performances at the Butler Opera Center. Also at the University, he earned his Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance with David Renner. He graduated summa cum laude – with highest honors.
Always an advocate for new music, Mr. McKay has performed at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, where he was invited by Marin Alsop to conduct the world premiere of Clint Needham’s Radiant Nation as part of the festival’s In the Works concert program. In 2010, he was personally selected by Kurt Masur to conduct a performance with the Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra at his seminar in New York. Mr. McKay has also conducted performances at the Leigo Music Days Festival with Neeme and Paavo Järvi.
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