Dr. Richard Schnipke

Dr. Richard Schnipke

Assistant Professor, Director of Choral Activities, Director of Music Education - Music Department

ML 4611
105 Edgecliff Hall

Phone: (513) 745-2832

Fax: (513) 745-3343


  • DMA, Conducting, The Ohio State University
  • MM, Conducting, The Ohio State University
  • BME, Bowling Green State University

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Dr. Richard Schnipke is assistant professor of Music Education and Director of Choral Activities at Xavier University's Department of Music. He teaches Choral Methods and Conducting, supervises student teachers, and conducts the Concert Choir and Women’s and Men’s Choruses.

Previously, Dr. Schnipke was on the faculty at Ohio State University where he taught courses in Choral Music Education, Choral Repertoire, and Vocal Pedagogy, as well as conducted the Women’s Glee Club and supervised student teachers. While under his direction the OSU Women’s Glee Club sang for conferences of the both the Ohio Music Education Association and the Ohio Choral Director’s Association and released two CD’s.

Dr. Schnipke has 11 years experience as an Ohio public school vocal music educator. Throughout his career, high school and junior high choirs under his direction consistently received superior ratings at OMEA district and state adjudicated events. Dr. Schnipke frequently serves as a guest conductor for various high school and junior high honor choirs throughout the state and is an adjudicator for the Ohio Music Education Association. He also is a board member of the Ohio Choral Directors Association and frequently serves on the Adjudicated Events Repertoire Selection Committee for OMEA. As a vocalist, Dr. Schnipke sings professionally with the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble. Previously, he has also performed with Cincinnati Opera and Opera Columbus.

Dr. Schnipke holds a B.M.E. from Bowling Green State University, as well a M.M. and a D.M.A. in conducting from The Ohio State University. He has also done graduate study at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His teachers include Hilary Apfelstadt, James Gallagher, Earl Rivers, Stephen Coker, Richard Mathey and Mark Munson.

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