Marguerite Richardson


Marguerite is a cat lover and shares her Facebook page with her cat Briar Rose. At the end of this season, Marguerite Richardson will be celebrating her 25th year with the Jacksonville Symphony.

When asked what has changed over time, she mentioned the audience.  “I became a teacher at Jacksonville University because I wanted those young people to be part of our audience,” she said.  “I feel like I’m passing on a legacy that my teachers gave to me.”

What do you want patrons of the Symphony to know about you?
I joined the JSO in 1990 as a full-time member. I joined the faculty of Jacksonville University in 2007, and continue to play with the JSO as a part-time player. I believe music education is extremely important to the continuation of professional orchestras. It is vital to keep the excitement of attending JSO concerts relevant to college age students so that they stay engaged with the symphony throughout their lives. My love of orchestral playing began at the National Music Camp (now the Interlochen Arts Camp) when I was in high school.....being a part of the sound of the orchestra there made me realize that I had to play in a professional orchestra as a career.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional musician?
I have an interest in meteorology and computer programming. I have been trained as a Duval County Storm Spotter, and studied several programming languages in college. I apply "flow chart" thinking to my practicing and teaching.

What do you do in your spare time (other than practice!)?
Try to catch up on all the TV shows I missed seeing because of practicing, like Lost and The X Files!! This only happens in the summer!

What is your favorite thing about being a professional musician?
The best thing is watching the way the music touches people in the audience so differently....I see people crying, smiling, realize the power of what you are doing to reach people's emotions and communicate with them. Whether I am playing in the orchestra, or conducting, I find the connection to the audience to be truly amazing.

Do you have a favorite team?
I support the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Florida State Seminoles

What is your favorite food?
Hard to husband is a great chef (and pianist...), so I love whatever he is creating!

Who is your favorite composer?
Bach, with Brahms a close second. Everything really.....classical, movie sound tracks, rock, my own name it!

BM, Cleveland Institute of Music, MM, University of South Carolina and DM, Florida State University.