I enjoy motivating students to play music with passion.
Dr. Richard Roper
Director of the El Camino Wind Orchestra
Dr. Richard Roper holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Yale School of Music, and the University of Maryland. As a Harriet Hale Woolley Scholar, he spent a year studying and performing music in Paris. Committed to arts education, Dr. Roper serves on the faculties of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College/Adult Extension department, UC Santa Cruz, College of San Mateo, and Santa Clara University. He has also held positions at CSU Stanislaus and the University of Maine.
As a trumpeter, Dr. Roper has performed with many Northern California ensembles including Symphony Silicon Valley, Santa Cruz Symphony, Lamplighters, San Jose Opera and Ballet, Masterworks Chorale, Monterey Symphony, and others. He is also a member of the Monteverdi Brass Quintet, a new ensemble dedicated to performing early music on modern instruments. Dr. Roper studied and performed at the Aspen Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the Mendocino Music Festival. When he is not teaching and performing, he enjoys reading, traveling, and listening to great music.