What I Do at SSU
I am a staff accompanist at SSU. I accompany and coach singers and instrumentalists, and play for the Noon Chorus and Chamber Singers at SSU.
Richard Riccardi received his Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and his Master of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from Yale University School of Music in New Haven, Connecticut. A native New Yorker, Richard moved to California in 1974, and has been here every since. He has been a pianist for the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, and The Lamplighters. He was the co-founder and music director for 12 years of Sonoma City Opera, and music director at Woodminster Amphitheater in Oakland for 2 seasons. He was the Assistant Conductor for the national tour of the Broadway show "Annie" from 1981 to 1982. Notable people that Richard has accompanied include Joel Grey, Martha Raye, Tom Jones, Mel Torme, Diahanne Carroll, Janet Baker, Seiji Ozawa, Pinchas Zuckerman, Clark Terry, and John Dalley of the Guarneri Quartet. Richard was also the conductor of the spring musicals at Napa Valley College from 1993 to 2008, collaborating with his future wife Sandy on several occasions there while continuing to teach public school music. He taught music theory at NVC as well, but most notably he taught in the Ross Valley School District in Marin County, where he was the music coordinator for the district, and in 2006 won the Mister Holland’s Opus Award, one of six teachers in the country to receive this honor for excellence in music teaching. In addition to performing a children’s show wherein they play over 30 instruments between them, Richard really loves creating original music and performing in cabaret with his beautiful wife, Sandy.