Richard Eldon Yaklich
Music Florida Memorial University
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Dr. Richard E. Yaklich, currently serves as an Associate Professor of Music in  South Florida; President of the Broward Pops Orchestra and Associate Conductor of the Broward Pops Orchestra; Former Conductor of the South Florida Youth Symphony (2002-2013) and the former Director of the Jubilate Chamber Orchestra, Associate Conductor of the Kingsport Symphony and Music Director of the Kingsport Youth Symphony  He has conducted orchestras throughout the United States and Eastern Europe including the Maikop Philharmonic and the Sochi Symphony Orchestra in Russia and the Constantia Orchestra in Romania. Dr. Yaklich has conducted the Alhambra Orchestra of Miami, FL on several occasions. Dr. Yaklich is also a certified orchestra adjudicator for the Florida Orchestra Association and has adjudicated orchestra festivals throughout the state of Florida including serving as the conductor for the Broward All County Silver Honors Orchestra in 2018. He attended the Tanglewood Music Center where studied conducting with such musical notables as  Gustav Meier, Charles Dutoit, Leon Fleisher, Maurice Abravanel, and Seiji Ozawa.  While studying at the Conductor’s Institute in 1993, he had master classes with Donald Portnoy, Samuel Jones, Larry Newland, and Paul Vermal. He also studied with David Effron and Yuri Bekker at the Miami Music festival In addition to his conducting activities, he is an active cellist and composer and has had works performed by the Colorado Symphony and in Romania. His composition, “Theme and Variations for Orchestra” was performed by the South Florida Youth Orchestra in January of 2003, and “In Memoriam” was given its world primer at the University of Miami in 2007. A winner of the Walter Charles Conducting Fellowship, Colorado Arts and Humanities Grant and the Allied Arts, Inc. grant, he has also been listed in “Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities.” A member of the Gustav Mahler Society, American Symphony Orchestra League and the Conductor’s Guild, he has published two books on Eugene Ormandy (1)Sergei Rachmaninoff - Symphony NO 1 - Eugene Ormandy’s Performing Version - An Annotated Recon construction (2) The Orchestra Scores of Eugene Ormandy – Creating the Philadelphia Sound - published by Edwin Mellen Press in 2021 and 2017; and (3)An Orchestra Conductor’s Handbook for Locating Repertoire and Programming” Mellen Press, 2003.  Dr. Yaklich received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Colorado; his Master’s degree in music from Colorado State University and his Doctorate in Orchestra conducting from  the University of South Carolina.  He is a native of Pueblo, CO and grew up playing cello, first in the Pueblo Youth Symphony and latter with the Pueblo Symphony, Mozart Chamber Orchestra and Pueblo Jazz Orchestra. He is an avid reader of history and Russian novels, he collects classical music CDs and scores.

Doctor of Musical Arts - 1996

Conducting; Music History {Secondary Area}

Medical University of South Carolina

Certificate - 2014

Higher Education Assessment

James Madison University

Master of Music - 1992

Conducting; Music History {Secondary Area}

Colorado State University

(BA) Bachelor of Arts - 1989


Colorado State University-Pueblo

Teaching History
Florida Memorial University

Aug 2001 - Jul 2022

2001-2022 Florida Memorial University, Miami, FL 

Associate Professor of Music
  • Director of Orchestra/String Coordinator
  • Teach Courses in Conducting, Music History, Music Education, Music Theory, Electronic Music, composition/arranging, private string lessons, and Music Research
  • Member of Curriculum and Instruction Committee, Academic Council, and Grade Appeals Committee (Past Chair 2006-2010).
  • Chair Faculty Handbook Committee oversaw revision of the Handbook in 2016
  • Director/Coordinator NASM accreditation for the FMU Music Department
  • Assistant Department Chair
  • Designed Online Music Appreciation Course
  • Created New Music BA Degree (Music Entertainment and PR) 
  • President Faculty Senate (2010-2012, 2018-2020)
  • VP Faculty Senate (2008-2010, 2016-2018)
  • Academic Advisor for all music majors
Director of Assessment
  • Director of Academic Assessment (2009-2021)
  • Provide leadership role in developing a campus-wide culture of assessment that result in the continuous improvement of student learning while meeting accreditation purposes. 
  • Supervise faculty, deans and professional staff to develop effective strategies to assess student learning and program outcomes.
  • Provide expertise, training and support for faculty and staff, deans, academic program chairs, campus committees and campus units to plan, implement and evaluate meaningful assessment activities to enhance student learning across the University. 

Areas of Specialization
Public Speaking Research Methods College Writing Professional Development Consulting Nonprofit Management online learning Orchestra Conducting Higher Education Assessment Institutional Effectiveness Arts Management