Richard was a beloved member of the Orpheus family long before he joined the Board of Trustees, through the deep understanding he developed of the unique relationship of the Orpheus musicians to their Orchestra-- and his ability to communicate 'the reason for Orpheus.' When I was board Chair, he offered me much needed encouragement and understanding-- and lots of good laughs. And as a Trustee of Orpheus, Richard gave generously of his brilliance, his humor, his time and deep devotion-- and sometimes his anger, when needed, on the behalf of the Orchestra he loved. He will be sorely and sadly missed.

-Connie Steensma