Personal Summary / Bio
Richard P. Benedum is Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Service Professor of music at the University of Dayton. From 2001 to 2005 he held the endowed Alumni Chair in the Humanities, and served as chair of the Music Department from 1980-88 and from 1996-2001. He has received numerous awards for teaching and performance in Ohio and at the University of Dayton. He was named the outstanding alumnus of the University of Oregon School of Music for 2009. He is the founder and former artistic director and conductor of the professional Dayton Bach Society chorus and orchestra. He was a member of the Ohio Humanities Council, boards of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Dayton Public Radio, and a member of the Speakers Bureau of the Ohio Humanities Council. He has directed twelve Summer Seminars and Institutes for teachers, based in Vienna and studying the music of Mozart, for the National Endowment for the Humanities held in Vienna between 1990 and 2008, and will direct another in 2010. For 25 years wrote program notes for the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. He has received over 250 grants worth nearly $3 million; with a University of Dayton colleague he gives workshops on grant-writing for music faculty and administrators.
He currently lives with his wife, harpsichordist Julane Rodgers, in Sarasota, FL, and is organist-choirmaster at Christ Episcopal Church in Bradenton.