UNC Music Professor to Guest Conduct in Japan

Richard Mayne

Richard Mayne

A University of Northern Colorado music professor leaves Sunday for a 10-week stint as a guest conductor at one of the oldest and largest music academies in Japan.

UNC Music Professor Richard Mayne will serve as an invited guest conductor of the Musashino Wind Ensemble at the prestigious Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo. Ten weeks of rehearsals with the renowned ensemble will culminate in December with a performance in a Tokyo concert hall followed by a session in a professional recording studio.

The Musashino Academia Musicae, is a college-level conservatory of music founded in 1929. As an indication of its size, the piano program alone includes 55 faculty and 1,000 students.

The Musashino Wind Ensemble, respected throughout the world through more than a dozen recordings released, occasionally tours internationally. In 2006, it was the featured ensemble at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, the largest convention of its kind in the United States.

One of Mayne's selections for the performance and recording session in Tokyo is a concerto for piano and wind that will feature Musashino professor of piano Hidesato Uemura, who previously spent a year at UNC as a visiting scholar. Mayne served as his primary contact and host during his stay and the two became friends.

At UNC, Mayne serves as the associate director of bands and director of UNC's Pride of the Rockies marching band. He also conducts the UNC Symphonic Band, teaches conducting and music education courses, supervises student teachers and assists graduate students in their pursuit of advanced degrees.