Remembering Richard Holmes, CMS conductor

| June 8, 2011

Richard Holmes, conductor of the Community Music School of Webster University’s Young People’s Symphonic Orchestra, died Sunday, June 5, 2011. Information about services has not yet been released. [UPDATE, June 9: The memorial service for Rick will be Monday, June 13, 11 am, at Powell Symphony Hall.]

Holmes was named to the conducting position in 1999. He was also principal timpanist for the St. Louis Symphony and taught at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music. He continued private teaching at his home.

Many members of the Young People’s Symphonic Orchestra (YPSO) have gone on to careers in music. Alex Blank, who played bassoon in the orchestra and is now studying composition at Indiana University, wrote:

“He will be sorely missed. The SLSO and its patrons, Community Music School and its students and faculty, and all who knew him will miss his presence and his contributions to what made Saint Louis such a wonderful city for the arts and education.”

Community Music School director Carol Commerford stated, “Rick once told me that this (YPSO) was so important to him that he would devote himself to these students as long as possible even after retiring from the Symphony. He would have done anything to stand before his orchestra and his students and share music with them.”

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  1. KJ Reynolds says:

    The memorial service for Rick will be Monday, June 13, 11 am, at Powell Symphony Hall.

  2. Gil Morales says:

    What a loss!!  I remember all the rehersals and performances my wife and I enjoyed as our son Tony played violin in Richards orchestras.  He always did such a fine job in handling the kids and treating them like young professional.  He was, without a doubt, an inspiration and teacher to our son and many others who have had the experience of sharing the music with Richard.  Truely sad news.

    Gil and Carole Morales