Richard Kravchak

Director of the School of Music, Professor of Music


Dr. Richard Kravchak is one of America’s most versatile and exciting double reed artists. He has been heard as an oboe soloist, chamber and orchestral musician around the world, performing concerts throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. He has appeared as a soloist with ensembles as diverse as The Dubuque Symphony, The University of Hawaii Wind Ensemble, The Carson Symphony, Banda Espinia de Portugal and the Orquesta Sinfónica de El Salvador. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald has written: “Kravchak's  playing revealed a real beauty of tone, not monolithic, but always changing in color and intensity. He makes even the most difficult lines seem almost effortless.” The Florida Flambeau raves "Kravchak made a good case for his virtuosity.” Dr. Kravchak has been invited to present solo performances at conferences and festivals including The International Double Reed Society, The North American Saxophone Alliance, Festival Forfest, the International Clarinet Society, The Electroacoustic Barndance, and many others. He specializes in contemporary music, with over 100 compositions being created for him, and HIP (Historically informed practice) frequently performing period music on oboes of the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and early 20th century.  Kravchak holds performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the Juilliard School, and Florida State University. Richard Kravchak has been chair of the Department of Music at California State University Dominguez Hills and was the founding Director and Professor of Oboe of the School of Music and Theatre at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Currently Dr. Kravchak serves as Director of the School of Music of The University of Southern Mississippi.