Chair of Performance Studies, Professor, Voice
School of the Arts
Division of Music, Vocal and Choral
Randall Richardson is a Professor of Voice in the School of the Arts at Samford University and serves as Department Chair of Performance Studies in the Music Division. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from Louisiana State University and the Bachelor of Music degree from Samford University.
In addition to his academic responsibilities, Dr. Richardson has performed with the Kansas City Lyric Opera, Atlanta Ballet, Alabama Ballet, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Pensacola Opera, Alabama Operaworks, Birmingham Civic Opera, Opera Birmingham, Northland Symphony, UAB-Town and Gown Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Red Mountain Orchestra, Birmingham Festival of Arts, and Birmingham Savoyards. He has been a finalist in the Gulf Coast Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions and the National Association of Teachers of Singing "Singer of the Year" regional auditions. Dr. Richardson has also recorded two solo albums of sacred music and been a featured soloist in a number of university and church concert series. His book The Audition Sourcebook (co-authored with Don Sandley, Samford University Theatre Department Chair) was published by Heinemann.
Dr. Richardson serves as the Vice President of Education on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for Red Mountain Theatre Company and is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Dane Peterson Theatre Series. He has also served as Chair of the Alabama Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing State Vocal Auditions and has made numerous presentations at the Southeastern Theatre Conference Regional Convention. Dr. Richardson has had the pleasure of teaching nine Miss Alabama Pageant winners (including Deidre Downs, Miss America 2005, and a first runner-up, third runner-up, and fourth runner-up in Miss America Pageants). In 1993, his student, John Autry, was a national winner in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions. In addition to teaching careers, past students have performed on Broadway, Las Vegas, Disney World (Orlando and Tokyo), cruise ships, Grammy Award winner (Karen Fairchild, Little Big Town), national TV commercials (Morgan Smith Goodwin, “Red” in the Wendy’s commercials), film, Off-Broadway, opera companies, and regional music theatre companies.
Dr. Richardson is an avid bicyclist, serving as a Birmingham Bicycle Club ride leader, and is married to Rebecca Richardson, retired Director of the Regional In-Service Center at the University of Montevallo. They have two married children, Colin and Eden, and attend Baptist Church of the Covenant.
Degrees and Certifications
- B.M., Samford University
- M.M., Louisiana State University
- D.M.A., Louisiana State University
- Music Theatre