Jay Richards has composed for studio, film, television, radio, musical theatre, dance, the concert stage, and countless commercial album releases during his 20 years in the music industry. His orchestral works have been performed internationally. There have been 21 productions of his musical adaptation of LITTLE WOMEN across the U.S. At the same time his new musical version of JANE EYRE premiered in the U.S. in February 2013, LITTLE WOMEN had a sold-out premier in the U.K. Jay recently signed a publishing deal with Stagescripts Ltd. in the UK who will represent his original musicals in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Jay holds a Masters degree in composition from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
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He is in demand as an arranger/producer for other artists, and is comfortable across a broad range of musical styles. He has vast experience producing and conducting professional recording studio sessions, and is the owner of Jay Richards Studios. Jay has a great love of and gift for orchestration and plays a bunch of instruments.
Jay has long been an advocate for music/arts in schools, and continues to work toward solutions to keep music accessible to young people, despite public education's shift away from arts programs. He was the Founding Director of Music Theatre West (a semi-professional music theatre production company) which provides professional and amateur performers the opportunity to work side by side in fully staged musical productions. Jay loves working with and mentoring young talent. He recently won the ASTA (American String Teachers Association) composition competition writing for young orchestra.
Jay is currently on the music faculty at Brigham Young University-Idaho teaching composition.
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