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While an undergraduate student Richard met the mystical magical Lynda Perkins. On August 15th, 1964 Richard and Lynda were married in Lynda’s hometown of Cattaraugus, New York. The magic and the mystery continue…
Richard went on to graduate school at the University of Louisville and was awarded a Master of Music degree in clarinet. While attending the University of Louisville, he was a member of the Louisville Orchestra and as such participated in recording 12 LP records. This was part of their award winning First Edition series of 20th century music.
From 1966-1967 Richard was assistant band director for the Hobart, Indiana Junior High School and High School bands. During that time he also studied with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra, which is the training orchestra for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
During the summer of 1966 Richard was artist in residence with the Sewanee Summer Music Center in Sewanee, Tennessee.
In 1967 Andre Previn and the Houston Symphony Orchestra hired Richard as clarinetist, bass clarinetist, and saxophonist. As a saxophone and clarinet soloist with the Houston Symphony Nunemaker has given the Houston Symphony premieres of the Ingolf Dahl Concerto for Saxophone and Wind Orchestra, the Pierre Max Dubois Concerto for Saxophone and Strings, the Alexander Glazunov Saxophone Concerto and the Heiter Villa-Lobos Fantasia for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra and the Jacques Ibert, Concertino da Camera for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra. Conductors with whom Richard shared the podium are: Lawrence Foster, Jorge Mester, Sergiu Comissiona, William Harwood, Toshiyuki Shimada, Stephen Stein, David Allen Miller, Thomas Wilkins and Mariusz Smolij.
During the summer months of 1987 Richard served as principal clarinet with the Orquesta Filarmonica de la Ciudad de Mexico.
Following the 1993 release of his solo CD, Golden Petals (MMC 2005), Richard toured Austria (as soloist) with bassist Peter Herbert and the Camerata Bregenz. He appeared as featured soloist in the Grosser Musikvereins Saal, Vienna, Austria and in a live radio broadcast for ORF-Publikumsstudio, Salzburg, Austria. That same year he was featured in the New and Improvised Music Concert with composer William Thomas McKinley at Carnegie Hall.
Richard has been on the faculty or has been a member of the teaching staff at Houston Baptist University, Wharton Texas Junior College, San Jacinto Texas Junior College, The University of Houston, Rice University and from 1970-1992 as assistant band director and instructor of clarinet and saxophone with the University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas. Richard has also been a member of and performed with The Houston Pops Orchestra, Cambiata Soloists, Music American Chamber Ensemble and Opus 90, New Directions in American Chamber Music. In addition, he is past president and music director of the Houston Composers Alliance (HCA). HCA presents and commissions new works for several annual concerts in the Houston area. Richard is an artist in residence and master teacher for The Las Vegas Music Festival.
Richard is a founding member of Airmail Special, a quartet of Houston musicians that performed original material for student and family concerts in the Houston area. During its 16-year existence, Airmail Special presented 350 live performances in the Greater Houston area schools for approximately 70,000 children.
In 2002 Richard was honored as an outstanding alumnus from the University of Louisville and presented with the permanent title of Alumni Fellow.
Richard has commissioned over 20 composers for more than 50 original works or arrangements. As a recording artist and record producer he has recorded five CD recordings featuring many of these commissions. These recordings are: The Louisville Project, Arizona University Recordings, LLC, AUR 3127, Between Silence and Darkness, Arizona University Recordings, LLC, AUR CS3119, Magical Place of My Dreams, Arizona University Recordings, LLC, AUR CD 3118, Multiplicities, Red Mark CD 9213 and Golden Petals, MMC 2005.
Richard has also recorded as soloist with the Houston Symphony and conductor Newton Wayland tributes to Benny Goodman (America Swings, Pro Arte Records CDP 4351) and Artie Shaw (Stompin’At the Savoy, Pro Arte Records CDP 420).
Other recordings he has participated in are: From The Great Land with Suzanne Summerville, Mezzo Soprano, Arts Venture, University of Alaska, featuring the music and poetry of Alaska and Logo I, New World Records 80382-2 featuring the Continuum Percussion Quartet and Eugene Kurtz’s Logo I for clarinet, percussion quartet and piano.
Richard has published, Scales and Chords (A New Approach for all Instrumentalists), “If The Shoe Fits” a collection of drawings by Richard Nunemaker depicting life in a symphony orchestra and The Effortless Clarinet, Richard Nunemaker’s Clarinet Principles. Soon to be published is The Effortless Saxophone, Richard Nunemaker’s Saxophone Principles.
Richard’s teachers were: Earl Nunemaker, Marvin Kam, Allen Sigel, William Willet, Clark Brody, Jerome Stowell and James Livingston.
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