B.A., University of New Orleans M.A., Tulane University D.M.A., University of North Texas
Dr. Richard Montalto earned a BA in Music Theory and Composition from the University of New Orleans, an MA I Music Composition from Tulane University, and a DMA in Composition from the University of North Texas. He is the recipient of a number of awards, including an ASCAP Grants to Young Composers Award for his Symphony for Wind Ensemble, over 30 ASCAP Awards, and a Mississippi Artist Fellowship for his Symphony #2. His works have been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Montreaux International Jazz Festival, Symphony Space in New York, the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, the International Computer Music Conference, and throughout the United States and Europe. He has served as President of the Southeastern Composers' League and President of the College Music Society Southern Chapter.
He has performed on bass across the United States, in South America, and in Europe with a numerous of artists and ensembles, including Harry Connick and the New Orleans Pops.
Richard is currently a Professor of Music at Mississippi University for Women. Prior to joining the MUW faculty in 1988, he served as director of the University of New Orleans Jazz Band.