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Richard Arnest holds degrees in composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the University of Hawaii. An accomplished flutist and player of Renaissance winds, he was Artist-In-Residence in the mid-70s and early 80s for the Arkansas Arts Council and the State Arts Council of Oklahoma, for whom he presented concerts, performed in schools, created classical music programming for Arkansas Educational Television, and taught woodwinds at the Arkansas Governor's School.

After an 18-year hiatus, he returned to his first love and began composing music again in 2003. His Liquescence for flute and strings won the 2004 EPICmusic competition and was recorded by Enzo Caroli with the Symphony Orchestra of the Adriatic. He received ASCAPLUS awards in 2005 and 2006, and belongs to ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, the American Federation of Musicians and the American Music Center. His latest project is Music Under Construction, a fledgling service bureau for composers and new music in the Midwest.

A native of Richmond, Virginia, he lives and composes in Cincinnati, where he is an Artist in Residence with the Ohio Arts Council's Arts in Education program and sings with the May Festival Chorus.

In addition to ACF he belongs to ASCAP, the American Federation of Musicians and the American Music Center. He is an Artist in Residence with the Ohio Arts Council Arts In Education program. You can buy his flute music (including many arrangements) from, who named him their 'Featured Composer' in 2006. His music is published by Amber Waves Music Publishing and Music Under Construction.

2005 - 2007 ASCAPLUS Award
2004 EPICmusic competition: First Prize
1985 Ohio Federation of Music Clubs: First Prize
Quintet for Winds

Flute World - Featured Composer at
National Endowment for the Arts - Music Program Fellow

Recent Performances
Entreat Me Not - 8/2007
Wind from the Shore - 6/2007
Between Two Hills - Carolina Concert Choir 5/2007 and Piccolo Spoleto 2007
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night - Cincinnati Camerata 5/6/2007
Chiese Serenissime - Enzo Caroli (Venice) 2/3/2007
Yorkshire Wassail - May Festival Chorus (Carolfest) 12/2006
Midwinter - Cincinnati Camerata (Marian Concert) 12/2006
Lily of a Day - Cincinnati October Festival Choir, 10/2005
Star Spangled Banner - (arr. for string quartet) Cincinnati Reds, 9/2005
Liquescence - Enzo Caroli (Symphony Orchestra of the Adriatic (Strassoldo, Venice, Mirano), 6/2005
All Wrapped in Grief - Mary Magdalene choir, 4/2005
Carol Fantasia - Cincinnati Camerata, 12/2004 and St. John's Choir (Wytheville, VA), 12/2003

Other Media
21st Century Flute Concertos (CD)
2006 Enzo Caroli and the Orchestra Sinfonica Adriatica directed by Paolo Pessina

Haworth Suite (CD)
2008 Czech Radio Philharmonic directed by Robert Ian Winstin (post-production)

1981 Vox Balaenae* (TV/AETN)
1981 Three Poems of Lily Peter (TV/AETN)
1980 The Second Coming (TV/AETN)
1979 An Evening of Flute and Guitar* (TV/AETN)
1972 A Medieval and Renaissance Christmas* (TV/KHET) Producer for all television programs
AETN: Arkansas Educational Television Network
KHET: Hawaii Educational Television * performer only

My music is characterized by lyrical counterpoint, accessible harmony and flexible rhythms. I'm committed to accessible music that can be enjoyably performed and heard by professionals and amateurs.

Describe your music

Original Music===========Maria zart von edler Art10/2008SATB ChorusPremiere pending, Cincinnati Camerata 12/2008Things are Looking Up9/2008 (60")60x60 projectA New Year?s Beginning9/2008Poem by Susan ArnestSATB ChorusWe Listen For the Voice of God (Psalm 85)8/2008Adaptation by Nancy ArnestTwo voices with Flute and PianoThe Christmas Call7/2008Poem by Susan ArnestHorn withy SATB ChorusPer Aspera Ad Astra(Le Tombeau de Roland)3/2008 (3')4 C flutesFlute and Piano(Creative Commons license - download and perform for freeChildren of Light2/2008 (18')Woodwind trio (F;ute, Clarinet and Bassoon)the present of time12/2007 (10'48")Piano quartet (Violin I & II, Cello and Piano)My radiance indwelling12/2007 (60")60x60 projectSueño despierto12/2007 (2'7")SSA with fluteOccam's Laser9/2007 (9'51")Recorder quartetEntreat me not8/2007 (3'10")AB voices with flute and pianosouvislosti7/2007 (7'48")Clarinet and PianoWind from the Shore6/2007 (3'35")Flute and Piano6818160x60 Project5/2007 (60")Vixen!Piano opera5/2007 (22'58")SATB with pianoThe Queen of Air and Darknessvariations on tune by O'Carolan4/2007 (5'11")Flute and HarpJacob's Ladder3/2007 (10'30")Flute Quartet with piccolo, alto and bass doublesTheir Mouths Struck DumbChamber Ensemble2/2007 (9'34")Fl/cl/pcs/pno/vn/vcBlooming with Brazen Light2/2007 (4'34")Brass Quintet with OrganQuiet ConfidenceText from the Book of Common PrayerKent School Choir1/2007 (2'45")SATB ChorusBetween Two HillsPoem by Carl SandburgCarolina Concert Choir1/2007 (3'04")SATB ChorusDo Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night1/2007 (5'34")SATB chorus with wind quintetNégociation9/2006 (10'01")Chamber OrchestraHaworth Suite9/2006 (22'0")Recorded by Czech Radio PhilharmonicChamber OrchestraChiese Serenissime8/2005 (20'00")Fl/ob/pnoPremiered at Venice, 2/3/2007String Quartet6/2005 (15'00")Nunc Dimittis6/2005 (3'15")SATB choir and organDark WingSymphonic Band5/2005 (14'00")Concert band.Brassica5/2005 (3'52")Canzona for brass quartetpremiered St. Barnabas Day 06/05I am the resurrection and the lifeBiblical quotations from the Episcopal service for the dead.4/2005 (2'45")Baritone with ob/eh/handbellsPrologue to a time that is not itselfPoem by Eunice Odio, translated by Martha Collins3/2005 (6'10")Five movements for SATB chorus plus fl/ob/vibAll Wrapped in GriefSt. Mary Magdalene choirsPoem by Patricia Clark3/2005 (3'51")Church setting of an Easter poem; premiered 4/05Soldier for the QueenPoems by A.E.Housman1/2005 (18'00")Eight-song cycle of military poems for baritone, euphonium, piano, drums, TTBB chorus.Lily of a dayCincinnati CamerataPoem by Ben Jonson12/04 (2'45")SSAATBpremiered 10/05 October Festival ChoirO beautiful powerTranslated by Neil Parker10/2004 (2'53")SATB setting of a prayer from the Egyptian Book of the DeadEvocation9/2004; (5'45")Chamber Ensemblefl/vc/harp.Coplas del aprender9/2004 (8'40")SATB chorus with 2pc/eh/bn/percussionpremiered 5/08 Cincinnati CamerataLiquescence9/2004 (9'37")Solo flute and string orchestraPremiered by Enzo Caroli and the Orchestra Sinfonica AdriaticaEPICmusic winner, 2004.Flos campsis9/2004 (6'54")Solo trumpet and string orchestra.Villagers allCarol setting of a poem by Kenneth Grahame8/2004 (2'19")Recorder with SATB chorusFlute choirClap your hands (Psalm 47)6/2004 (2'43")Soprano with SATB choir, organ, percussionPresent for the Creation5/2004 (48")Flute aloneEpithalamion5/2004 (57")Viola aloneThen a voice came from the throne5/2004 (2'58")Baritone solo with SATB choir, organ and timpaniMy beloved spake2/2004 (5'37")Soprano with flute, organ and altoLivre d'orgue1/20045 short organ worksPerformances:2/2004 St. Barnabas (Postlude)3/2007 St. Peter In Chains (Prelude sur Picardie)3/2007 St. Peter In Chains (Éclore Éclairé)Et Volavit9/2003 (3'00")SATB chorusCarol Fantasia8/2003 (9'37")SATB chorus with fl/vn/va/vc/trp/organPerformances:12/2003 St. John's/Wytheville VA12/2004 Cincinnati Camerata/Covington, KYSonata for Viola and Piano7/2003 (18'21")viola and pianoI wonder as I wander11/2003 (3'15")SAA + fluteVariations on I wonder...11/2003 (4'38")flute aloneWind Quintet No. 27/2003 (13'41")Fl/ob/cl/hn/bnBrazen Music from the Late Post-Sixteenth CenturyCompleted 7/2003Brass quintetIn Nomine7/2003 (4'11")Brass quartetSt. Barnabas Day, 2004Arrangements===========À Chiu (Riu riu chiu)Flute ChoirDeus in adjutoriumKyrieAgnus DeiEcce bonumLudwig SenflRecorder QuartetAisleann an Oigfear (Danny Boy)Flute ChoirPatientiam muss ich han in 5 partsLudwig SenflRecorder QuintetBrass QuintetWild Mountain ThymeFlute and PianoFlute and HarpHuayñoNavideñoPeruvian Christmas carolSATB Chorus with OrganSee Weasels. Go Pop.Flute ChoirOrfa Grand PolkaLouis Moreau GottschalkBrass QuintetMorning Has BrokenGaelic Tune BunessanFlute trioPsallitePraetoriusflute and string trioAway in a mangerHigh voice with Flute and PianoSussex CarolFlute trio and handbellsIf I had flutesFlute ChoirIf I had brassBrass QuintetSaint-Saens (Organ Symphony finale)In Dulci JubiloChristmas carolSATB chorus with organPersonent HodieChristmas carolSATB chorus with organThree ShipsChristmas carolSATB chorus with organMidwinterSSAATB chorusSherburneBased on a Shape-note tuneSATB ChorusStar Spangled BannerString QuartetBrass QuartetThe EntertainerScott JoplinFlute choirAn English ChristmasFlute, Cello and HarpNoel NouveletFlute, Cello and HarpWexford CarolSATB Chorus with OrganHolly and IvySATB Chorus with OrganIn Dulci JubiloSATB Chorus with OrganMachs Mit MirO Filii et FiliaeTrumpet, Trombone and HandbellsFairy QueenO?CarolanHarp aloneDenn Alle FleischJohannes BrahmsFlute and PianoAdagioSamuel BarberViola and OrganA substantial body of work composed prior to 1986 is not included in this list..