Mr. Meek is Professor of bassoon and music theory at Texas Tech University where he performs with the Mariah Winds and the Devienne Trio. He holds the Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Performer's Certificate and the Master of Arts from the Eastman School of Music where he served as principal bassoonist of the Eastman Wind Ensemble and the Philharmonia. Among his teachers are Rudolph Klepac (Akademie Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria), Kenneth Moore, David Van Hoesen, Louis Skinner and Marcel Moyse.
Mr. Meek has performed at numerous annual meetings of the International Double Reed Society both here and abroad and served as its treasurer and as host for the First International Gillet Competition for Double Reeds. He has appeared as soloist with several orchestras and premiered a number of solo works written for him. Formerly principal bassoonist of the Midland-Odessa, San Angelo, symphonies and the Orchestra of Santa Fe, Mr. Meek is currently principal bassoonist with the Lubbock, Roswell (NM) Symphony Orchestras and Abilene Philharmonic. He performs also with the Obietech trio and on baroque bassoon with the Texas Baroque Trio. Mr. Meek serves as editor for solo and ensemble works for the bassoon with Allyn Publications and supervises bassoonists at the annual Texas Tech Band/Orchestra Camp.
Richard is married to artist Carol Meek, second bassoonist with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. They have a daughter, Shanna, a dancer and Pilates instructor in Lubbock, and a son, Jamy, a dancer with Nederland Dans Theater in The Hague, The Netherlands.
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