Brady Richards

Clarinet, Saxophone, Musikgarten Faculty; Campus Director, Lake Forest and Lincolnshire campuses
Musikgarten Faculty
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
Group Lessons
Adult Studies
Campus Director
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Master of Music in Clarinet Performance and Literature from Northwestern University

Bachelor of Music in Music Performance from Columbus State University

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Stephen Cohen, Dr. Lisa Oberlander, Leslie Grimm, and Laurie Bloom 

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Brady has served on faculty and as campus director at the Music Institute of Chicago's Lake Forest and Linconlshire campuses since April 2017 and in the fall of 2018 was added to the Applied Music Faculty at Lake Forest College. He previously served as an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in its 2013/2014 season and has played as a section member with the Rockford Symphony, Northbrook Symphony, Chicago Composer's Orchestra, Lagrange Symphony, Marriott Theater, Timeline Theater, New Horizon Theater, and Springer Opera House. With his chamber group, 10th & Broadway, he served as ensemble-in-residence at the 2011 Sewanee Summer Music Festival and has played recitals at the 2012 and 2013 Vandoren/Buffett Clarinet Festival, the 2011 International Clarinet Association's ClarinetFEST, the 2009 Georgia Educators Convention, and at various concert venues in Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Nashville, and Releigh (NC). He maintained private studios in the Nashville, Atlanta, and Chicago areas, and served as the clarinet para-professional at Hindsale Central High School from 2013 to 2015, where he taught clarinet lessons, studio class, and chamber music. Some of his private students have gone on to major in music at Depaul Univeristy and have been members of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Illinois and Georgia All-State Bands, and various regional honor groups throughout TN, GA, and IL.

Interests outside of music: 

Fittness/health, coffee, and disc golf!

Favorite quote: 

"If everything goes, nothing matters" 

Favorite practice tip: 

Consistency is key - Practicing for 15 - 30 minutes, five to seven days a week, will serve you better than practicing an hour and a half, once or twice during the week.


Stay mentally focused during your practicing - If you have distractions, take a five minute break then come back. Practicing an etude/passage mindlessly is almost like not practicing at all. Play passages in different rhythms, emphasize different notes, and do the exact opposite phrasing. Find ways to keep your mind engaged. 

Favorite composer or piece to play: 

Philip Glass