Richard M. Blumenthal

Staff Pianist

Richard M. Blumenthal
(615) 898-2504
(615) 898-5037
Room 260, Wright Music Building (WMB)
MTSU Box 47, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Departments / Programs

Areas of Expertise

Collaborative Piano

Biography

Hailing from Syracuse NY, Richard Blumenthal has meandered his way through the country to Murfreesboro, TN where he currently serves full-time as staff pianist for MTSU, working mostly with instrumental students and faculty for degree recitals and performances, as well as actively assisting with the fast-growing musical theatre minor program.

A graduate from SUNY Fredonia with a B.M. in Piano Performance and Music Education with a string concentration, Richard also holds a master&r...

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Hailing from Syracuse NY, Richard Blumenthal has meandered his way through the country to Murfreesboro, TN where he currently serves full-time as staff pianist for MTSU, working mostly with instrumental students and faculty for degree recitals and performances, as well as actively assisting with the fast-growing musical theatre minor program.

A graduate from SUNY Fredonia with a B.M. in Piano Performance and Music Education with a string concentration, Richard also holds a master’s degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of Georgia. Previously employed as a staff pianist for Louisiana State University, he is enjoying being back in an area of the country with 4 seasons. As an active performer Blumenthal is a member of the Stones River Chamber Players, has been heard on WPLN Nashville Public Radio, was employed as staff pianist for the 2019 International Tuba & Euphonium Conference, and assists in a variety of rehearsal and performative settings for the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts. While currently happily entrenched in the instrumental repertoire, he holds wide ranging classical interests, having served as rehearsal and performance pianist for Red Shift, a professional choir specializing in postmodern and rarely performed works, as well as for numerous collegiate and church choirs in Louisiana and Georgia. Experience as music director or repetiteur for productions at Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge LA, Nickel City Opera Company in Buffalo NY, and Town & Gown Players in Athens GA have served to further round out his flexible abilities.

In addition to frequent collaborative work, Richard maintains variety in other diverse settings as a recording hobbyist & session musician for genres spanning lofi to mathrock to progressive metal. He has travelled the US as pianist and touring bassist for Boston-based Aviations and Chicago natives Outrun the Sunlight respectively, and as a composer has released three albums of original music with drummer James Knoerl that have been described as “astonishingly complex and tightly played music” as well as “SO unpleasant to listen to”. When taking a break from rehearsing, Richard enjoys constantly rearranging his home with wife Allison, and entertaining his innumerable cats.

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