Founder of Annual University of New Brunswick, Canada TubaFests, Richard Riding, Passes
To the Editor:
I am sad to report that Dr. Richard Riding, founder and director of the highly successful annual International TubaFest in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, died unexpectedly on August 1, 2011. Riding, 68, died at his boyhood family cottage in Sanford, Maine while on a family vacation. He is survived by his wife, Alice, adult children Katherine and Timothy, and two grandchildren, all of whom are musicians.
As an amateur tuba and violin player and Biology Professor at the University of New Brunswick for 36 years, Richard single handedly created and directed eight years of increasingly popular two day tuba-euphonium immersion workshops featuring high level professional clinicians including Lance Nagles, Jean Sutherland, John Griffiths, Curtis Metcalf, Dennis Miller, Sotto Voce Quartet, Mark Carlson, Adam Frey, Øystein Baadsvik, Don Harry, and Mark Jenkins to name a few. Participants of all ages increased from seventeen to forty, actively participating in captivating classroom discussions and demonstrations, performing in quartets, large ensembles, master classes, public concerts, and up close, inspiring relationships with clinicians.
From his tuba playing in Canada, USA, New Zealand, and ITECs, he had an ITEA-driven dream of bringing our sound to his home town of Fredericton, a direct result of ITEA leaders’ influence. He attended ITECs with his wife, Alice, including Regina in 2000. ITECs were profoundly inspiring to Richard . He was bowled over by our sound and talent. He became persuaded during the 2003 University of Massachusetts – Amherst NERTEC, led by John Manning, to create his own workshop featuring top level clinicians to further spread our sound.
Today, Richard has given us a transferable model for our members’ future use by demonstrating how he would handle organizational, emotional, and financial risks each year, recruit top clinicians and enthusiastic participants, turn around objections, gain support of his university music department as a biology professor, expand performances into area public schools, solicit donations and cultural grants, implement suggestions, delegate major tasks, promote the benefits, require active immersion . . . and watch the glow of enthusiastic, genuine learning about the making of our sound.
Richard would lead a laboratory of learning with exciting clinicians using his tool box of organizational techniques, now a legacy for others. Richard’s International TubaFest 2012 is planned as a tribute to him on May 4 & 5, 2012. Perhaps you might consider organizing and leading such a workshop . . . Think of the massive instant learning results; the exponential multiplier effect! I’ll bet you a Maine lobster you’ll be glad you did! Think about it!
Elliott Woodbury – Euphonium