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Richard L. Hartzell

Instructor of Music, director musical theatre and opera workshop, voice

Kraushaar 111


B.A. degree in music from Wesleyan University
M.M. degree in voice from the Catholic University of America

Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest

Vocal Technique, Musical Theater, Opera

Recent Publications/Presentations/Performances

The Magic Flute, Cosi fan tutte, Nine, The Telephone, Old Maid and the Thief, Goucher Production Director

Awards/Significant Accomplishments

The Voice Studio, Accepted Teacher, New York City, 2010
Achievement Award, Musical Theater Center, 2009
Tony Taylor Award (Recognizes Contributions to Young Aspiring Artists), Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, 2002


Richard L. Hartzell received a B.A. degree in music from Wesleyan University and an M.M. degree in voice from the Catholic University of America.  He has taught voice for 30 years and has a private voice studio in Silver Spring, Maryland.  Prior to retiring in 2004, he was the Artistic Director of the Musical Theater Center in Rockville, Maryland, which he founded in 1984.  He has taught musical theater at the Peabody Institute Elderhostel Program in Baltimore, and has taught voice at the Catholic University of America, the Studio Theatre, the Little Theatre of Alexandria, and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington. He recently taught at the Academy of the Holy Cross in Bethesda, Maryland, before comming to Goucher College in 2007.  He is currently the Vice President for Student Activities of the Maryland State Music Teachers Association (MSMTA) and is a member of the Montgomery County Music Teachers Association.  For the past 18 years he has chaired the annual MSMTA Voice Competition.  He is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. In 2002 he received the Tony Taylor Award from the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, given annually to an individual in recognition of his contribution to young aspiring artists.  His Christmas anthem for chorus, soloists and orchestra, "His Name is Jesus", composed in 1976 with lyricist Clint Holmes, was published in 2006. 

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