Richard Sowers is now in his 27th season as music director and conductor of the Anderson Symphony Orchestra. During his years of leadership, the ASO has seen significant growth artistically, and continues to provide innovative programming to serve the diverse audience of Anderson and surrounding communities. His tenure has seen the first PBS televised broadcasts, many concert broadcasts by Indiana Public Radio, and the creation of the Halloween and the Family concerts. Sowers has led concerts for the youth of Wabash and Huntington Counties, at the Honeywell Center, in addition to the Symphony for Kids concerts for Madison County fifth-graders. Richard Sowers has been guest conductor with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and the New World Youth Orchestra of Indianapolis. During the spring of 2007, Sowers was the guest conductor of the EMO Ensemble in Helsinki, Finland during a two-month residency during which he also served as a guest faculty member at the Sibelius Academy.
Now in his 27th year as a Professor of Music at the Anderson University School of Music, Richard Sowers is the Conductor of the Anderson University Chamber Orchestra, the Anderson University Chorale, the Anderson University Men’s Choir, and the Anderson Symphonic Choir; he also teaches undergraduate and graduate level conducting courses. He has achieved national and international recognition with performances and guest conducting throughout the United States and Europe. Sowers served for eight years on the staff of the Conductor’s Retreat at Medomak, a seventeen-day retreat for professional conductors from all around the globe held near Camden, Maine each summer. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and Richmond, Indiana, Richard Sowers received his undergraduate music degree from the Indiana University School of Music where he was a four-year scholarship recipient. He was granted his Master of Music in Conducting from Colorado State University, and in 1993, was chosen as that school’s outstanding music alumnus. Sowers earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting at Arizona State University. Primary conducting teachers included Jan Harrington, Wil Schwartz, Edward Anderson, Douglas McEwen, and Kenneth Kiesler. He has also participated in courses led by Julius Herford, Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, Kirk Trevor, and Daniel Lewis. Richard Sowers makes his home in Anderson with his wife, Nancy, a CPA. They have three children – Benjamin, Matthew and Mary.