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Richard DeRosa

Richard DeRosa

Associate Professor of Jazz Arranging


Jazz Studies

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Music Building 339

Richard DeRosa has toured and recorded with Gerry Mulligan, Bob Brookmeyer, Susannah McCorkle, Jackie Cain & Roy Kral, Chuck Wayne, and Marlene Ver Planck. Other performances with notable musicians include Marian McPartland, Gene Bertoncini, Peter Nero, Warren Vache, and Larry Elgart.

For the past decade, Mr. DeRosa has arranged and conducted music for Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra featuring Toots Thielemans, Annie Ross, Abbey Lincoln, Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, John Legend, and Roberta Gambarini among several other notable artists. Other commissioned arrangements have been recorded by the Mel Lewis, Gerry Mulligan, and Glenn Miller big bands, vocalist Susannah McCorkle, rising trumpet star Dominick Farinacci on his CD Lovers, Tales, and Dances, and acclaimed solo violinist Anne Akiko Meyers on her CD Seasons….Dreams. Mr. DeRosa has also served as co-arranger, orchestrator, and conductor for the critically acclaimed recording projects, Dial & Oatts: Brassworks and When Winter Comes featuring guitarist Fred Fried. His arrangements have been performed in concert by The Metropole Orchestra (Holland), Swedish Radio and Television Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Pops Orchestra, Portland Symphony Orchestra (Maine) and The One O’Clock Lab Band (UNT) with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, he was a featured conductor, composer, and arranger with the WDR big band in Cologne, Germany.

Mr. DeRosa’s compositions for television, film, and theater include background music cues for Another World, As the World Turns, The Guiding Light, commercials for Telex, Bristol-Meyers, and Kodak, various documentaries broadcast on PBS, orchestrations for independent films Gray Matters, East Broadway, and Standard Time, and original music scores for the national touring theater company ArtsPower as well as orchestrations for Frankenstein, the Musical.

Mr. DeRosa is an associate professor at the University of North Texas where he serves as director of jazz composition/arranging studies. His former teaching posts were at William Paterson University, Manhattan School of Music, and The Juilliard School where he taught advanced jazz arranging for studio orchestra. He is the author of Concepts for Improvisation: A Comprehensive Guide for Performing and Teaching (Hal Leonard Publications) and Acoustic and MIDI Orchestration for the Contemporary Composer (Focal Press). Mr. DeRosa’s service to teaching was recognized in the 3rd edition (1994) of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. His publications for public school jazz ensembles are available through Alfred Music and Smart Chart Music and he remains active as a clinician and an adjudicator for music festivals.