Dr. Richard Weymuth is a native of Cole Camp, Missouri. He began his career in 1967 and has taught vocal music from the kindergarten to university level until his retirement in 2001.
Dr. Weymuth moved to his last position at Northwest Missouri State University in 1980. As Director of Choirs and professor of music, he not only directed the Northwest Celebration and Madraliers, but also taught courses in secondary choral methods, choral conducting and applied voice. His administrative duties included: Director of the Northwest Summer Music Camps, Director of the forty‑eight‑school Northwest Jazz and Show Choir Festival, Choral Director of University Musicals, and Producer of the Northwest Yuletide Feastes.
He received his B.M.E. and M.A. degrees from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, and his Ph.D. from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. His dissertation title was The Development and Evaluation of a Cognitive Music Achievement Test to Evaluate Missouri High School Choral Music Students.
Dr. Weymuth is a past president of Missouri American Choral Directors Association, a past vice president of the Missouri Music Educators Association, and a past president of Missouri Student Music Educators Association. In 2002, he was the thirtieth inductee to the Missouri Music Hall of Fame. He is only the fourth Choral Director to be inducted. In 1992 he received the Luther T. Spayde Award from the Missouri American Choral Directors Association as the Outstanding Choral Director of the Year. He was named Outstanding Music Alumni of the Year in 1981 by Central Missouri State University and has received honors from the National Junior Chamber of Commerce as an Outstanding Young Man in America.
In the fall of 1992, Dr. Weymuth was one of six choral conductors from the United States selected to participant in the International Choral Directors Music Exchange with Sweden. He spent two weeks touring Sweden and working with their outstanding choral ensembles.
Dr. Weymuth is the author of Selected Renaissance Literature for the High School Choir, a resource published by Laudamus Press. He is also a contributing author to Getting Started with Jazz/Show Choir, edited by Russell L. Robinson and published by Music Educators National Conference. His choral editions are available from various publishers.
Along with his teaching and directing achievements, Dr. Weymuth is known for his numerous junior and senior high school choral clinics. During the past years, he has conducted over 700 choral clinics and festivals. He has conducted major choral festivals and all‑state choirs in thirty‑nine states. Dr. Weymuth is also known for his numerous national and regional workshops on classroom motivation, student leadership, success in the classroom, choral literature, and show choir techniques.
Dr. Weymuth's wife, Annelle, was the Executive Assistant to the President at Northwest Missouri State University. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Missouri‑Columbia in Higher Education Administration and Family Studies. She is a past state president of the Missouri Home Economics Association, and currently the state president of American Association of University Women. Annelle and Rick have a son and daughter‑in‑law, who live in Columbus, Indiana. They are the proud parents of Rick and Annelle's first grandchild, Olivia Nicole Weymuth, born May 24, 2002.