Dr. Richard Roper holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Yale School of Music, and the University of Maryland. As a Harriet Hale Woolley Scholar, he spent a year studying and performing in Paris. Committed to arts education, Dr. Roper serves on the faculties of the University of California Santa Cruz, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College, College of San Mateo, and formerly at Cal State Stanislaus and the University of Maine.
As a trumpeter, Richard has performed with many Northern California ensembles including Symphony Silicon Valley, Monterey Symphony, Lamplighters, San Jose Opera, Oakland Symphony and Monteverdi Brass. In addition, he has studied and performed at the Aspen Music festival, the Music Academy of the West, the Norfolk Chamber Music festival, and the Mendocino Music Festival. His major teachers include Chris Gekker, Allan Dean, Mario Guarneri, Antoine Curé, and Raymond Mase.