Vocal Coach / Musical Theater Director / Choral Conductor

Eric K. Richards

Motivated, precise professional with an extensive musical background, including choral, musical theater, solo, teaching, and directing work. Keen sense of sound quality and vocal/music articulation. Powerful organizational skills with exceptional creative proficiency to work impeccably with any individual or group.


Voice training with:

Spencer Welch, Canada
Greg Enriquez, Las Vegas
Dean Kaelin, Salt Lake City
Wendy Parr, New York
Michael Goodrich, Los Angeles
Mindy Pack, Salt Lake City
John Henny, Los Angeles
Dave Stroud, San Francisco
Shelly Franklin Rose, Hollywood
Jeffrey Skouson, Las Vegas
Kathy Kennedy, San Francisco
Laura Ahlstrand Gwin, San Ramon
Robert Peterson, Salt Lake City
Angie Lee, Draper
Anjanette Mickelsen, Murray

Other Training:

2016: VocalizeU Musical Theater with Tamra Glaser     
2012: VocalizeU Musical Theater with Boko Suzuki and Rachael Lawrence 2008, 2009: Seth Riggs Summer Vocal Program  
2008, 2009, 2014, 2015: Michele Weir Jazz Vocal Workshops  


National Association of Teachers of Singing
Formerly Studied and Previously Certified in Speech Level Singing®
International Voice Teachers of Mix
Vocology in Practice Authorized Instructor


Private Vocal, Piano, Musical Theater Instruction    
2006 – present, 1999 – 2002, 1990 – 1992      

Music Coaching/Directing:

2013 – Present: Holladay United Music Director
2020-2021: Frozen Jr. (Sandy Arts Guild)
2019: Mamma Mia (Sandy Amphitheater)
2019: Mary Poppins Jr. (Sandy Arts)
2018: Shrek Jr. (Sandy Arts)
2017: Lion King Jr. (Sandy Arts)
2016: Seussical Jr. (Sandy Arts)
2015: Peter Pan Jr. (Sandy Arts)
2013: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Sandy Amphitheater)
2011: High School Musical (Sandy Arts)
2011: An Evening of Jazz (Sandy Arts)
2010: King & I – Draper Amphitheater (Draper Arts)
2010: Willy Wonka Jr. – Mt. Jordan Theater (Sandy Arts)
2009: Cinderella and Fame Assistant Vocals – Draper/Egyptian Theaters
2007: Beauty and the Beast – Sandy Amphitheater        
2007: Bye Bye Birdie – Juan Diego, Draper        
2006: Pirates of Penzance – Juan Diego, Draper        
2006: Scarlet Pimpernel – Sandy Amphitheater        
2005: Hello Dolly – Draper Theater        
2003: Sound of Music – Draper Theater        
2002: Light the Fire Within  
2001: Winter Olympics Celebration – Children’s Chorus  
1988: Once Upon A Mattress – Eastridge    
1991: Fiddler on the Roof – Promise Valley Playhouse        
1985: Like Father Like Son – Sandy Central      
Conducting Sandy and Eastridge Choirs, 13 years

Performance Roles:

2011: Edna,  Hairspray      
2009: Jekyll, Young Frankenstein Professor, Secret Garden Father, Frightmares    
2009: Into The Woods Prince, Sparky, Ensemble, Memories Showcase
2002, 2004: Mayor Silberhaus, The Nutcracker
2004: The Tin Man, Wizard of Oz
2002: The Minstrel, Once Upon A Mattress 
1997 – 2001: Sparky, Forever Plaid                 
2001: Pat Gilbert, State Fair                
2000: Marcellus, The Music Man    
1999: Ensemble, The Best of Broadway with Robert Peterson    
1996: Reuben, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 
1991: Orchestra/Keyboard, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat  
1990: Francesco Di’Amore, Twelve Dancing Princesses  
1988: Prince Dauntless, Once Upon A Mattress    
1986: The Blacksmith, The United Order    
1985: Uncle Holly, A Trip to Zardia    
1984: Will Parker, Oklahoma    
1983: Motel Kamzoil, Fiddler on the Roof    
1982: Chorus, Hello Dolly      
1980: Bob Crachet, A Christmas Carol    
1975: Michael Banks, Mary Poppins    

Performance Venues:

Sandy Amphitheater, The Grand Theater, Cathedral of the Madeleine, Draper Historic Theater, West Valley Amphitheater, Lone Peak, The Salt Palace, Mt. Jordan Auditorium, The Assembly Hall, Good Lutheran Church, Murray Amphitheater, State Capitol, Kingbury Hall, Promised Valley Playhouse, Draper Amphitheater, The Egyptian Theater, American Jewish University in Bel Aire, Mount St. Mary’s

Soloist & Choruses:

2015: Allies Gala Performance with Tyler Glenn, Neon Trees  
2003: Perchek, Fiddler on the Roof in Concert  
2000: A New Millennium of Broadway    
1999: An Evening with the Gershwins      
1998: An Evening with Cole Porter      
1997: A Salute to Hollywood Musicals
1996: 100 Years of American Musical Theater  
1995 – 1997: America West Chorus
1995: Interfaith Music Festival      
1985: The Dickens Festival Singers      
1984, 1985: State Competition (Vocal Solos / Piano Solos)  
1984: Salt Lake Opera
1983, 1984: All-State Choir
1979 – 1985: Annual Choir Festival


What Child Is This? – Choral arrangement, Copyright 1996
It’s Christmas Back Home – Copyright 1988
Can You Hear The Angels Sing? – Copyright 1985


1990: LDS Church History Choral Tour
1989: Denver Choral Tour  
1985: Southern Utah Choral Tour
1984: California Choral Tour  


2004 – 2006: Sandy Arts Guild, President        
1985, ‘88- 2007: Sandy Arts Guild
1988 – 1989: Salt Lake Institute Concert Choir, President        
1984 – 1985: Jordan High School Madrigal, President        

Related Experience:

2003-05, ’09-‘10: Emcee, Interfaith Music Festival        
2004: Emcee, Sandy Talent Showcase        
2003: Judge, West Valley City Pageant        
2002: Judge, Musical Theater – Granite School District        


2019: Top 10 Regional Broadway World for Mamma Mia Music Direction
2005: Sandy Amphitheater Volunteer of the Year      
1992: Musician of the Year – University of Utah (SLICC)    \
1980, ‘83, ‘84: 1st Place Reflections Contest Winner – Music Composition        
1983 – 1985: Lettered in Music        
1985: Superior Rating – Senior Vocal Performance/BYU        


Speech Level Singing Certified; NATS, Vocology, VIP, BAST training
University of Utah: Music – Sight Singing, Theory, Composition, Ear training

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