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Richard J. Siegel (Conductor, Composer, Arranger)

Born: 1952, near Chicago, Illinois, USA

The American conductor, composer and arranger, Richard John Siegel, studied at DePaul University in Chicago (1970-1972); College (University) of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois (1973-1975) obtaining B. Music degree; Northern Illinois University in DeKalb (1977-1978) obtaining M. Music degree; Northern Illinois University in Glen Ellyn (1979-1982) obtaining Juris Doctor; Greenwich University in Hilo, Hawaii (1990-1992) obtaining Ph.D. in Sacred Music. He completed his music education by attending seminars, master-classes, etc. at Indiana University, Bloomington, Iinfdiana; Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Cailfornia; Glassboro State University in Glassboro, New Jersey; Insurance Institute of America in Malvern, Pennsylvania National District Attorneys Association in Alexandria, Virginia; Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; North Texas State University in Denton, Texas.

Richard Siegel licensed to Practice Law in the United States Supreme Court, Seventh Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, Northern and Central District Federal Courts in Illinois, and Illinois Supreme Court. Currently he is Circuit Judge, Twelfth Judicial Circuit, Will County, Illinois (Elected in 2002; Retained in 2008).

Since 1968 Richard Siegel was Music Director and/or Organist at multiple churches including St. Joseph Parish in Manhattan, Illinois; St. Anthony Parish in Frankfort, Illinois; St. Francis Xavier in LaGrange, Illinois; St. Anthony Parish in Joliet; Illinois; Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet, Illinois. He was Founder and Director of The New People, Inc. vocal/orchestral ensemble and Staff Carilloneur, University of Chicago. Curretly he is Associate Organist at Holy Cross and St. Mary Nativity Churches, Joliet, Illinois; Founder and Director of the Ecclesiastical Choral Society, Joliet, Illinois; Founder and Director of the Sinfonia Camerata Chamber Orchestra.

His publications include:
Articles: Non-Profit Music Performance Societies and the 1976 Copyright Act (Northern IL University Law Review, 1983); Licinio Refice (Sacred Music Magazine, 1992); Sacred Music in Chicago: The Mundelein Legacy (Sacred Music Magazine, 1994); A Survey of the History of Campanology in the Western Christian Cultural Tradition (Sacred Music Magazine, 1995); How Not to Take an AGO Examination (The American Organist, January 2008).
Presentations: College and University Regulation and Accreditation: What and Why (American Interprofessional Institute (1993).
Music: As the Deer Longs for Running Waters (World Library Publications, 1996); In Paradisum (World Library Publications, 1997); Nunc Dimittus (World Library Publications, 2008); Gaelic Blessing (World Library Publications, 2010).
Recordings: Cathedral Memories, Organ music from the 1960s and 1970s; Music of Theodore Dubois, Orchestrations of Dubois’ organ music; Cathedrales, Orchestrations of turn of the century French music.

Professional, Service, Fraternal and Honorary Organizational Memberships: Consociatio Internationalis Musicae Sacrae (Pontifical International Society of Sacred Music) Rome; Knight Commander, Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, Rome; Royal College of Organists, London; Illinois Council of Orchestras, River Forest, Illinois; Colleague, American Guild of Organists, New York; University Club of Chicago; Mensa International; Knights of Columbus, Joliet, Illinois; Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Joliet, Illinois; Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, Frankfort, Kentccky.

Source: The Artist (March 2011)
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