Richard Kelley | School of Music | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Richard Kelley

Assistant Professor, Saxophone and Jazz Studies

Richard Kelley

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Dick Kelley is currently Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies at Southern Illinois University.  As an active performer both nationally and internationally, Dr. Kelley has been fortunate to perform throughought North America, France, Italy, the Dominican Republic and Mexico as well as several conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance, the World Saxophone Congress and the United States Navy Band Symposium.  Recently, Dr. Kelley collaborated with composer, Douglas Quin, to createVostok Ice Memories for the Liquid Architecture Tour.  The piece received airplay over ABC (Australian Broadcasting Company) and BBC radio. 

In the Jazz arena, Dick has performed with the likes of Jon Faddis, Dick Oatts, Stefon Harris, the Cab Calloway Orchestra, Bob Mintzer, Wycliffe Gordon, Jim Pugh, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Bobby Shew and Kenny Werner among others.  Additionally, he was able to tour extensively with Patti Page, Marie Osmond, and the Motown Soul Review.  Dr. Kelley has performed or presented at several conferences of the International Association of Jazz Educators, in addition to performing with the NewArts Jazztet at the inaugural Jazz Education Network conference.  Dick also serves as a reviewer for Pearson Publishing’s jazz materials, in additional to recently being selected to review recordings for Jazz Inside Magazine. 

Dr. Kelley received his BM from Millikin University, his MM from Indiana State, and his DMA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Dick has been fortunate to study with Perry Rask, Paul Bro, Jean-Marie Londeix, Otis Murphy, Chip McNeill, Glenn Wilson, Ron Bridgewater, Dick Oatts, Jean-Yves Fourmeau, Claude DeLangle, and Debra Richtmeyer.  As an eager composer and educator, Dr. Kelley is excited to be launching his own publishing company, RiPaRuKe Music; which will house all of his compositions, and forthcoming pedagogical materials.


  • MUS 016: Studio Jazz Orchestra
  • MUS 040E-540E: Applied Saxophone
  • MUS 112: Jazz Fundamentals
  • MUS 365C: Saxophone Quartet
  • MUS 372: Survey of Jazz History
  • MUS 461: Saxophone Pedagogy