Sessional Lecturer, French Horn
Music Building 320
Richard Mingus has been a sessional instructor of French horn at UBC since 1984. He is the First Assistant Horn with the Vancouver Symphony, a position he has held since 1983 and is busy in the free-lance community with recordings for movies and TV as well as participating with many chamber groups. He plays principal horn with the Willingdon Church Orchestra of Burnaby and held the 3rd horn position with the CBC Radio Orchestra until its demise in 2009.
One of Mr. Mingus’ favourite parts of teaching at UBC has been the development of the Horn Ensemble Class which he co-directs with Ben Kinsman. In the class, students are encouraged to play for their peers for critiques and also combine to form large and small horn ensembles. These rehearsals lead to a massive Spring Recital every year.
Richard was raised near New York City where he had ample access to great teachers and great performances. He studied mostly with Arthur Goldstein. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from Oberlin Conservatory of Music near Cleveland, Ohio and received his Masters in Performance from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and Yale Summer School of Music and Art in Norfolk Connecticut.He began his professional career as Principal Horn of the Calgary Philharmonic from 1974 – 1979. Next came a stint as Principal Horn with the Maracaibo Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela, and in 1982, he landed in Vancouver. He has played every position in the section including a three-year term as acting principal, and is likely the only player to have performed all the horn parts of most of the great Symphonies.
In their spare time, Richard and his wife Nancy Anne love to jog, hike, travel, play tennis, and take pictures. But most of all, they enjoy being grandparents. Current count is two grandkids. They make their home in Ladner.