Associate Professor of Music
FMU Director of Assessment
Dr. Richard E. Yaklich, currently serves as an Associate Professor of Music at Florida Memorial University; Conductor of the South Florida Youth Symphony and the former Director of the Jubilate Chamber Orchestra. Prior to coming to Florida Memorial University, he served as a String Orchestra Consultant for the Brevard County School District in Titusville, Florida, and was the Director of Orchestra Activities at South Miami Middle School for the Performing Arts.
He has conducted orchestras throughout the United States and Eastern Europe including the Maikop Philharmonic and the Socchie Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Yaklich has conducted the Alhambra Orchestra of Miami, FL on several occasions, served as the Assistant Conductor of the Kingsport Tennessee Symphony Orchestra and Choir; Music Director of the Kingsport Youth Orchestra and as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the University of Southern Colorado Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Yaklich attended the Tanglewood Music Center where studied conducting with such musical notables as Gustav Meier, Charles Dutoit, Leon Fleisher, Maurice Abravanel, and Seiji Ozawa. While studying at the Conductor’s Institute in 1993, he performed with Donald Portnoy, Samuel Jones, Larry Newland, and Paul Vermal.
In addition to his conducting activities, he is an active cellist and composer and has had works performed by the Colorado Symphony and the Filharmonica de Stat Satu Mare in Romania. His composition, “Theme and Variations for Orchestra” was performed by the South Florida Youth Orchestra in January of 2003, and “In Memorium” was given its world primer at the University of Miami in 2007. A winner of the Walter Charles Conducting Fellowship, Colorado Arts and Humanities Grant and the Allied Arts, Inc. grant, he has also been listed in “Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities.” A member of the Gustav Mahler Society, American Symphony Orchestra League and the Conductor’s Guild, he has published a book on orchestra repertoire which was published by Edwin Mellen Press in 2003 (www.mellenpress.com), “The Struggle for Life in the Middle Ages and the Chaos of the Renaissance was published by AuthorHouse (www.authorhouse.com) in 2009. In 2010 Linus Publications published his text book on Music Form and Analysis. Dr. Yaklich received his bachelor’s degree in 1989 from the University of Southern Colorado; his Master’s degree in music from Colorado State University and his Doctorate in 1996 the University of South Carolina. Dr. Yaklich is now Director of Assessment at Florida Memorial University.