Professor Terri Richter has created a niche for herself at the intersection of performance and scholarship. As a performing artist, she has an extensive background in opera, oratorio, early music, art song, vocal chamber music, and musical theater, and has earned critical acclaim with such prestigious presenting organizations as Seattle Opera, Seattle Symphony, Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra, and American Bach Soloists. Terri holds a DMA in Voice and Opera from UCLA.
She not only stands out as a vibrant performer, but also as a scholar and advocate for a wide range of musics. With parallel specializations in baroque and new music repertoire, she is known for creating and presenting programs which weave together themes from ancient and modern times. A recent concert at the Armand Hammer Museum featured a multi-media program of recent works by Osvaldo Golijov and Kaija Saariaho, with video images projected on the museum wall behind the ensemble and electronics engineer. Her performances drew a prolonged ovation from the standing-room-only capacity crowd as well as an invitation from Ms. Saariaho to perform with her at Royce Hall.
While finishing her DMA, Terri began work towards a PhD in Musicology at UCLA, where her specialty in new music performance practice and interests in soundscape composition led to a different sort of performing altogether. Centered in ecomusicology, Terri’s dissertation project involves cutting-edge and consciously experimental musicological research based in autoethnography of her experience growing up in the rural South and present-day sound-gathering fieldwork along the Appalachian Trail as it winds from north Georgia to central Maine. The framework for exploration of soundscape, history, and culture is a custom-built multidimensional intellectual space which seeks to correlate her own linear movement along the Trail (landscape), metaphoric spaces of the audible present (soundscape) and the complex narrative traces that history has left (culturescape). The goal of the enterprise is to circumscribe the sound ecology of the myriad human-wilderness interactions that have occurred and keep occurring along the Trail, and to map the complex moral economy of this fragile interface during a period of ecological crisis.
Terri has been in high demand as a Teaching Fellow during her tenure at UCLA, and has served as adjunct music faculty at several universities, teaching a wide variety of courses in voice, musicology, music education, and music industry. She serves as Program Coordinator and Lead Vocal Instructor for UCLA’s Summer High School Voice Intensive, and is currently a member of The Windward School’s high school voice faculty.