Richard Nunemaker
Birth of Cool Radio Interview

The Birth of the Cool
KUHA radio interview
for Houston Tuesday Musical Club
Artist Concert
February 10, 2013

Listen to Birth of Cool Interview


Listen to Richard's TWIP Interview

KUFH Interview with Richard Nunemaker

Listen to the Labor Day 2007 KUHF Interview

Richard's Latest CD


The Louisville Project
"Nunemaker's bass clarinet playing here is simply breathtaking...we heartily recommend this CD."
- New Music Connoisseur

Richard Nunemaker's newest release, The Louisville Project is another joint release with Houston's super pianist / composer / producer Paul English that was commissioned by Richard Nunemaker and premiered by Nunemaker in performances in Louisville, Kentucky and Chicago, Illinois with the composers present. This CD was recorded in Louisville, Kentucky immediately following performance on the campus of the University of Louisville features the music of M. William Karlins, Jody Rockmaker, Marc Satterwhite and Meira Warshauer.

You can order this CD now at the AUR website.


Future Events:

December 16, 2016, 11:00 AM

Methodist Hospital Crain Garden Concerts
Featuring the music of Poulenc, Weber, Krommer and Mendelssohn.
Stephen Incavo, Richard Nunemaker, clarinets
Scott Holshouser, piano

January 7, 2017 2:30 PM
University of St. Thomas, Houston
Cullen Hall

Eleventh Annual Effortless
Clarinet/Saxophone Recital
Featuring the world premiere of
Houston composer Joe LoCascio’s
When Skys are Hung and Oceans Drown’d

2017 Effortless Sax and Oboe Recital

Watch Richard perform

Arthur Gottschalk: Four New Brothers

Richard Nunemaker has had a varied and prolific career as a symphony musician, concert soloist, recording artist, producer, educator and author. Richard Nunemaker played clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophone with the Houston Symphony Orchestra from 1967-2008. He also played principal clarinet and saxophone with the Houston Latin American Philharmonic Orchestra from 2012-2016. He was a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra in 1966, the Louisville Orchestra from 1964-1966 and the Erie Philharmonic from 1962-1964.

Born in Buffalo, New York Nunemaker's career has run the gamut from managing his own dance bands in high school, to being in the pit for New York road show productions such as West Side Story, My Fair Lady and South Pacific. He is also a featured soloist both in recital and with symphony orchestras around the country.

A strong advocate of music by living American composers, Nunemaker has commissioned over one hundred works for clarinet and saxophone. As a record producer he has produced and recorded five solo CDs featuring this music. He has been a featured soloist with the Houston Symphony Orchestra and on numerous occasions has appeared with that orchestra in live television and radio broadcasts. Nunemaker has recorded two CDs with the Houston Symphony Orchestra featuring the music of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. He has published four books, Scale and Chord Studies, If The Shoe Fits, The Effortless Clarinet and The Effortless Saxophone.

Nunemaker has been an artist/teacher for the Las Vegas Music Festival and The Sewanee Summer Music Center. At present he is a member of the faculty for the University of St. Thomas, Houston, and the American Festival for The Arts. Nunemaker also has served as the woodwind/clarinet coach for The Houston Youth Symphony and keeps an active private studio. Richard Nunemaker is past president of The Houston Composers Alliance, Music by Living American/Houston Composers.

Richard Nunemaker plays Silverstein clarinet and bass clarinet ligatures exclusively.

Please click on the image below for a full size, printable version.

Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & Saxophone Lessons by Richard  Nunemaker, Houston Symphony Retired

Links of Interest

AFM Houston
Clarinet Xpress
Discount Reed Company
Dorn Publications
Fleming Repair
Foundation for Modern Music
Gregory Smith
Houston Tuesday Musical Club
International Clarinet Association
KUHF Houston Public Radio
Lisa's Clarinet Shop
Musiqa Inc
Silverstein Works
Silverstein Works / Portfolio
SugarHill Studios
Timothy Clark
University of St. Thomas
Van Cot
World Clarinet Alliance

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