Richard Lawn

Alfred Author-Richard Lawn

Richard Lawn earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Eastman School of Music. He has served as Director of Jazz Studies, Chair of the Department of Music, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. He is currently Treasurer of IAJE and Dean of the College of Performing Arts at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Grants from the National Endowment of the Arts have supported his work as a composer, and as a member of the Nova Saxophone Quartet he has recorded on the Musical Heritage Society, Crystal and Equilibrium labels. Additionally, the Sea Breeze record label has released Unknown Soldiers, a CD recorded by the Third Coast Jazz Orchestra that features his compositions and arrangements. His arrangement of Donna Lee was recorded by the Bobby Sanabria Big Band on his 2001 Grammy-nominated CD, Live in Clave!!! (Arabesque Recordings). Dr. Lawn's compositions are published with several companies, including Alfred Music Publishing Co., Inc., and his textbooks - The Jazz Ensemble Directors Manual, Jazz Theory and Practice, and Experiencing Jazz (released Spring 2005) - have become staples among jazz educators and students. Selmer has sponsored his clinics, performances and guest conducting appearances in 12 states.