Music Type: Acoustic, Adult Contemporary, Ballroom Dancing, Big Band Jazz, Blues, Broadway/Theater, Chamber Music, Christmas/Seasonal, Classic Rock (70s-80s), Classical, Commercial/Film Music, Contemporary Christian, Cover Tunes, Dance, Early Music, Ethnic, Fifties, Folk, Funeral, Gospel, Jazz, Latin, New Age, Novelty, Polkas-Waltzes, Popular, R&B, Ragtime, Requests, Rock n Roll (50s-60s), Rock/Pop, Show Tunes, Sing-a-long, Soul/Funk, Standards, Swing, Top 40, Wedding Music
About: Richard Wolf is a pianist, organist, keyboard player, conductor, and arranger of various musical genres such as classical, pop, rock, Broadway, and the Great American Songbook. Additionally, Richard also performs as a soloist and as a collaborative artist.
Currently Richard serves as the accompanist and assistant to the director for Grosse Pointe South High School Choirs, where has played since August 2004. In addition to working with the high school’s choral students, he serves as primary music arranger for all show choir competition selections for the national award-winning Grosse Pointe South Pointe Singers and Tower Belles. Prior to Grosse Pointe South, he served for 9 years as the accompanist at Rochester High School. Richard has also served in the past as accompanist for the Troy Community Chorus and the Symphonia Chorale (based in Romeo, Michigan).
Richard is a 1992 graduate of Ball State University, where he studied choral music and piano, and a 1988 graduate of Eisenhower High School in Shelby Township. In addition to his work as an accompanist, he has also maintained an active interest in musical theatre. For four years he served as musical director for Pontiac Theatre IV, providing direction for 6 shows during his tenure. Additionally he has worked with Rochester Community Schools Summer Musical Theatre program for 9 years in various positions, as well as played for performances of Grosse Pointe Summer Stock. Richard also served as vocal director for 12 musical theatre productions at Stevenson High School in Sterling Heights. Two shows for which he provided direction at Stevenson were selected to perform at the International Thespian Society conventions, and two shows were selected to perform at the Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association One-Act Theatre Finals. Most recently Richard has had the opportunity to branch out into the world of opera – he served as the staff accompanist for the Michigan Opera Theatre Summer Opera Camp in 2012 & 2013.
Church music is another of Richard’s active interests. Currently Richard serves as organist at First Congregational Church in New Baltimore, where he has played since October 2012. From 2004-2012 he was the Director of Music, organist, and adult choir director at Trinity Lutheran Church in Richmond, where he led music at all worship services (both contemporary and traditional worship), rebuilding the Adult Choir after the choir’s absence in the congregation for many years, and beginning a contemporary praise team. Previously he served as Director of Music at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in Rochester Hills for 7 years, where he served on the Organ Committee and assisted in the selection of that church’s new organ in the fall of 1997. He has also served Lutheran and Catholic congregations in Shelby Township and Troy. Richard has also served on the Worship Committee for the Southeast Michigan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, where he assisted in the planning of Synod-wide worship events.
As a choral singer, Richard has served as tenor section leader for the international award-winning Detroit Concert Choir (where he has also served as an associate accompanist), and has sung with the traveling competition choir in Gorizia, Italy in July 2004. He also sang for 3 seasons with the Meadowbrook Festival Chorus (the summer chorus for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra) and with the Gilbert Jackson Chorale. He has sung and played under the direction of such noted directors as Gordon Nelson, Thomas Sheets, Steve Zegree, Charlene Archibeque, Neeme Jarvi, John Morris Russell, Jeffrey Tyzik, Thomas Wilkins, and Leonard Slatkin. He has also had the opportunity to participate in High Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City on two occasions – as a singer in July 2004, and playing the organ in February 2012.
Richard currently lives in Harper Woods. Outside of the music world, Richard enjoys cooking, and maintains an active rooting interest since childhood in the Chicago Cubs.