Richard Nunemaker
Birth of Cool Radio Interview

The Birth of the Cool
KUHA radio interview
for Houston Tuesday Musical Club
Artist Concert
February 10, 2013

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Richard's Latest CD


The Louisville Project
"Nunemaker's bass clarinet playing here is simply breathtaking...we heartily recommend this CD."
- New Music Connoisseur

Richard Nunemaker's newest release, The Louisville Project is another joint release with Houston's super pianist / composer / producer Paul English that was commissioned by Richard Nunemaker and premiered by Nunemaker in performances in Louisville, Kentucky and Chicago, Illinois with the composers present. This CD was recorded in Louisville, Kentucky immediately following performance on the campus of the University of Louisville features the music of M. William Karlins, Jody Rockmaker, Marc Satterwhite and Meira Warshauer.

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2023 - 2024 Concert Schedule

Richard Nunemaker
(Career highlights)

 Gave Houston Symphony Orchestra premieres of the Ingolf Dahl, Saxophone Concerto, Pierre Max DuBois Saxophone Concerto, Glazunov, Saxophone Concerto, Ibert, Concertino da Camera, Villa Lobos, Fantasia for soprano saxophone. Also, commissioned arrangements for clarinet and orchestra for a Benny Goodman Tribute, Artie Shaw Medley and the Artie Shaw Clarinet Concerto. Nunemaker recorded and did live television broadcasts of all three with The Houston Symphony Orchestra.

In 1994 performed in Carnegie Hall with William Thomas McKinley and bassist Peter Herbert as part of the New and Improvised Music concert. At that concert performed Alone Together by Janice Misurell Mitchell, a piece Nunemaker commissioned. Following that concert toured Austria with bassist Peter Herbert and the Camerata Bregenz  performing  Mitchell’s Alone Together along with a new piece by William Thomas McKinley, Golden Petals (which he recorded on his CD Golden Petals) and another new piece by Christoph Cech, Jazz Suite for Bass Clarinet, Contra-bass and Chamber Orchestra. This tour culminated in Vienna at the Grosser Musikvereins.

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Richard Nunemaker has had a varied and prolific career as a symphony musician, concert soloist, recording artist, producer, educator and author. Richard Nunemaker played clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophone with the Houston Symphony Orchestra from 1967-2008. He also played principal clarinet and saxophone with the Houston Latin American Philharmonic Orchestra from 2012- 2016. He was a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra in 1966, the Louisville Orchestra from 1964-1966 and the Erie Philharmonic from 1962-1964. As present Nunemaker plays with the Erie County Wind Ensemble and the Buffalo Niagara Concert Band in Buffalo, NY.

Born in Buffalo, New York Nunemaker's career has run the gamut from managing his own dance bands in high school, to being in the pit for New York road show productions such as West Side Story, My Fair Lady and South Pacific. He is also a featured soloist both in recital and with symphony orchestras around the country.

A strong advocate of music by living American composers, Nunemaker has commissioned over one hundred works for clarinet and saxophone. As a record producer, he has produced and recorded five solo CDs featuring this music. He has been a featured soloist with the Houston Symphony Orchestra and on numerous occasions has appeared with that orchestra in live television and radio broadcasts. Nunemaker has recorded two CDs with the Houston Symphony Orchestra featuring the music of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. He has published three books, Scale and Chord Studies, If The Shoe Fits and The Effortless Clarinet.

Nunemaker has been an artist/teacher for the Las Vegas Music Festival, the Sewanee Summer Music Center and the American Festival for The Arts (AFA) in Houston, Texas. Richard Nunemaker also has served as the woodwind/clarinet coach for The Houston Youth Symphony. Richard Nunemaker was a member of the faculty for the University of St. Thomas, Houston from 1975-2016. Richard Nunemaker is past president of The Houston Composers Alliance, Music by Living American/Houston Composers.

Richard Nunemaker has a B.S. in Music Ed. and a Performers Certificate from SUNY @Fredonia and a M.M. and is a Alumni Fellow from the University of Louisville. More information about Richard Nunemaker can be found at:

Links of Interest

AFM Houston
Clarinet Xpress
Discount Reed Company
Dorn Publications
Fleming Repair
Foundation for Modern Music
Gregory Smith
Houston Tuesday Musical Club
International Clarinet Association
KUHF Houston Public Radio
Lisa's Clarinet Shop
Musiqa Inc
Silverstein Works
Silverstein Works / Portfolio
SugarHill Studios
Timothy Clark
University of St. Thomas
Van Cot
World Clarinet Alliance

Featured Images:

We had a great 11th and final Effortless Recital and the world premiere of Joe LoCascio's "When Skies are Hung and Oceans Drown'd" for clarinet choir on January 7th, 2017 at the University of St. Thomas, Houston. Some very fine performances and a great way for me to retire. Here are a few images.

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  • Effortless 2017 Studio
    Top Row, left to right Scott Holshouser, Joe LoCascio, Richard Nunemaker, Karenia Garrido Carralero, Michael Brown, Jackie Garza, Glenn G. Dobias Bottom row, left to right, Mark Vinyard, Stephen Incavo, David Schaider, Ronald Gaitz

Top Row, left to right:
Scott Holshouser, Joe LoCascio, Richard Nunemaker, Karenia Garrido Carralero, Michael Brown, Jackie Garza, Glenn G. Dobias

Bottom row, left to right:
Mark Vinyard, Stephen Incavo, David Schaider, Ronald Gaitz

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    Richard Nunemaker, Maestro Joe LoCascio

Richard Nunemaker
Maestro Joe LoCascio

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    Richard Nunemaker, Maestro Joe LoCascio

Richard Nunemaker
Maestro Joe LoCascio

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