Mr. Richard Rose is excited to be the new full-time Band/Music Appreciation teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes High School. This year marks his 8th year in education.
Prior to coming to Lourdes, Mr. Rose has served as both the High School Band Director in the Greenville Central School District and, most recently, a Middle School Band and Orchestra teacher in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District. In both of these positions, He has learned so much about what it means to be a great music educator and is looking forward to sharing his experiences and passion for music with all of you in the coming years. It is Mr. Rose’s hope to not only continue to grow the music program here at Lourdes, but to also encourage students to find joy in exploring, creating, and listening to music in and out of the classroom.
Mr. Rose holds both a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Ithaca College and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Western Connecticut State University. During his time there, he had many wonderful experiences taking music theory, music history, jazz, and instrumental courses and plans to use that knowledge to create a fun and engaging classroom atmosphere for the students at Lourdes.
In addition to teaching, Mr. Rose has also been fortunate enough to have performed with various groups around the Hudson Valley ranging from Swing Bands to 70s and 80s pop and rock cover bands and even a bell choir, but he feels most at home whenever he gets the chance to play in a pit orchestra for a musical and juggle multiple instruments at the same time. Some of his favorite experiences performing have been playing a Christmas concert with Club Swing at the Vanderbilt Mansion for the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Historic Association, a 4th of July concert with Downtown Horns at the Bethlehem Town Park Pool Complex, and, most recently, performing on saxophone, clarinet, and flute for a West Side Theatrix production of 42nd Street.