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Richard Byrd

Rich Byrd
  • Professor
  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky
  • M.M., University of Kentucky
  • B.M., DePauw University


Contact Information

  • Department: Music
  • Office: Foster 202
  • Mailing Address: Foster 101
  • Email:
  • Phone: 622-1348
  • Expert Areas: Music Theory/Composition


Published Compositions  by Eighth Note Publications:

Dr. Richard Byrd is Associate Professor of Theory and Composition at Eastern Kentucky University where he teaches a wide range of theory curriculum including Musicianship, Music Theory, Form and Analysis, and Twentieth-Century Music Analysis, as well as graduate theory courses including Analytical Techniques and Pedagogy of Theory.  In addition to playing trumpet with the EKU Faculty Brass Quintet, he serves as the ensemble’s composer-in-residence.  He previously taught theory and applied trumpet at the University of the Cumberlands where he was coordinator of Instrumental Music studies and the Music Theory program. He has also taught as an adjunct trumpet professor at the University of Kentucky and at Transylvania University. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Trumpet Performance at DePauw University, he earned his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Music Theory from the University of Kentucky. During his doctoral studies he was awarded the prestigious Dissertation Year Fellowship for his research on the solo and chamber music of the composer Fisher A. Tull.

Various organizations have commissioned Byrd to compose or arrange music specifically for their group or special event including the Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts, the Great American Brass Band Festival, Commonwealth Clarinet Quartet, Kentucky Baroque Trumpets, Eastern Kentucky University Faculty Brass Quintet, and several school band programs.  Many of his compositions are published by Eighth Note Publications and are available at  He has presented research in the areas of music theory pedagogy and interdisciplinary collaboration between correlative art forms at various sessions, including the National Conference of Governor’s Schools, and his pedagogical research articles can be found in the International Trumpet Guild Journal, the Kentucky Music Teacher Journal, and Bluegrass Music News.

As a trumpet performer, Byrd’s classical experiences include performing with the Indianapolis Symphony, West Virginia, and Lexington Philharmonic Orchestras.  During his tenure with the Lexington Brass Band he was a featured soloist during the band’s England tour in 2000.  He has performed with several prominent jazz artists including Doc Severinsen, Allen Vizzutti, Maynard Ferguson, Jens Lindemann, Bob Mintzer, Victor Wooten, Take 6, and the Manhattan Transfer, and in shows with Aretha Franklin, Robert Goulet, Rosemary Clooney, Lou Rawls, Carol Channing, and the Ringling Brothers Circus.  He has appeared on the Kentucky Educational Television’s jazz documentarys entitled “In the Mood: The Big Band Era in the Bluegrass” with guest artist Byron Stripling, and “Ellington and Beyond” with guest artist Louie Bellson.  His lead trumpet abilities with the DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra (DOJO) are showcased on their CDs entitled Quotient and Off the Charts, and with The Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra on their CD entitled Flying Home.  He has also released his own solo CD entitled Portrait of a Trumpet, which is available at

As an educator of junior and senior high school trumpet students, Byrd has gained a prominent reputation among schools in the Commonwealth as both a private trumpet and composition instructor. Many of his students have won awards, performed as soloists with several bands and orchestras, and won competitions at the regional, state, national, and international levels, including the International Trumpet Guild, the National Trumpet Competition, the Young Composers Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Brass Initiative International Music Composition Competition. He is also active as an adjudicator and clinician. He has been a full-time artist-in-residence with the Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts since 1989, and serves as Chair of the Instrumental Music discipline and Dean of Faculty.


♦ MUS 161: Musicianship I

♦ MUS 181: Beginning Theory I

♦ MUS 480: Form and Analysis

♦ MUS 887: Analytical Techniques I


Subject  TitleDatesLocationTerm
MUS 181Beginning Theory IMWF 9:05am-9:55am Foster Building 310Fall 2019
MUS 181Beginning Theory IMWF 10:10am-11:00am Foster Building 310Fall 2019
MUS 261Musicianship IIITR 11:00am-11:50am Foster Building 310Fall 2019
MUS 480Form and AnalysisMWF 11:15am-12:05pm Foster Building 310Fall 2019
MUS 887Analytical Techniques I  Internet Classes SITEFall 2019
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