"Richard Heard" Archive

Memorial service for Professor Heard on Sept. 18

A memorial service celebrating the life of Professor of Music Richard Heard will be held on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 4 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall (Scales Fine Arts Center).

Professor Heard died last May in Winston-Salem after a long illness.

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Services for Professor Heard set for May 16

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on May 13:

Services for Professor of Music Richard Heard will take place Monday, May 16, at 11 a.m. at Hope Community Church on Brownsboro Road.  The University announced earlier this week that Professor Heard died May 8 in Winston-Salem after a long illness.

The family will receive visitors Sunday, May 15, from 5-7 p.m. at Russell Funeral Home on Carl Russell Avenue.

An obituary appeared May 13 in the Winston-Salem Journal.

A campus memorial service is expected to be held next fall semester.

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Professor of Music Richard Heard

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff May 9 by Communications and External Relations:

We are saddened to announce that Richard Heard, professor of music, died May 8 in Winston-Salem after a long illness.

Dr. Heard joined Wake Forest’s faculty in 1996.  He was an accomplished concert singer who had performed many years across the country and in Europe.  In his extensive career, he had received numerous awards.

We grieve Dr. Heard’s death and extend our condolences to his family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know him.

Information about a service for Dr. Heard will be announced to faculty, staff and students once his family has made arrangements.  A campus memorial service is expected to be held next fall semester.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff.  The Counseling Center may be reached at 336-758-5273, the Chaplain’s Office at 336-758-5210.  For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 336-716-5493.

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Wake Forest hosts American Singers' Opera Project

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The American Singers’ Opera Project (ASOP) is underway at Wake Forest, and fans can get a local taste of what’s going on there on Saturday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at Arbor Acres Retirement Community during ASOP’s first Aria Evening.

The High School Art Song Matinee is June 13 at 3 p.m. and that evening at 7 p.m.. it’s the first of three performances of Mozart’s  Don Giovanni with chamber orchestra in Brendle Recital Hall in Scales Fine Arts Center. Tickets are  $10 ($7 for students).

Artistic Director and American soprano Barbara DeMaio Caprilli and Director and associate professor of music and lyric tenor Richard Heard joined David Ford on WFDD.

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Professor Richard Heard releases CD

Richard Heard CD coverAssociate professor of music Richard Heard released a new CD on June 26. “My Dream,” Heard’s second musical release, features African-American songs and spirituals by Florence Price.

Price (1887-1953) was born in Arkansas and later moved to Chicago. In 1933, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performed her “Symphony in E Minor.” During her lifetime, she wrote more than 300 works. Her most famous song, “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord,” was sung by many popular singers of her time.

Heard says he selected Price because of the beautiful spirituals she arranged, and the wonderful settings of the poetry in her art songs. “After researching more about Florence at the University of Arkansas, I found she was a warm and humble person, and I couldn’t think of a better way to show tribute to this composer than to record her songs.”

Many of the songs on this CD are unpublished and have never been previously recorded. Heard will be editing an anthology of these works in the near future.

Heard made his European debut in December 1994, performing concerts in Merzig, Emden and Berlin. He has performed at over 50 universities in the United States.

Heard joined Wake Forest in 1996. The CD will be available in the Wake Forest University bookstore.

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