Richard Morrissey - Artistic Director
Richard Morrissey, director of the River City Chorale, has spent most of his
professional career in Yuba City, California where he was raised. He received
his Bachelor of Arts Degree from CSU, Chico, and has completed graduate level
courses at CSU, Sacramento, University of Portland and CSU, Humboldt. He has
also studied at Occidental College in Los Angeles under Dr. Howard Swan. He
served for three years as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Navy.
Richard's musical experience includes serving as conductor and musical director
of the 80 voice Yuba-Sutter Oratorio Society Chorus and the 65 piece Yuba-Sutter
Symphony Orchestra for 25 years. He has also been a Presbyterian Church Choir
Director for 20 years. He recently retired from the Yuba City Unified School
District after having served there as District Supervisor of Music and teacher
of Orchestra and Theater Arts for 36 years.
Richard has composed over sixty works for choir and orchestra, ten of which
have been published. Prior to being named as director of the River City Chorale,
Richard sang as a member of the bass section in the group for seven years.