Phyllis Crossen-Richardson

Phyllis Crossen-Richardson (Artistic Director & Clarinet) has performed extensively as chamber musician and recitalist throughout the United States. A consummate musical entrepreneur Phyllis is a founding member of both the Annapolis Chamber Players, which celebrated its 10th year in 2016 and Trio Simpatico. In addition she plays in the Crossen Duo, Crosswinds, and is an active free-lance performer in the Baltimore-Washington, DC area. 

As the Annapolis Chamber Players’ Artistic Director, Phyllis collaborates with her colleagues to design eclectic and entertaining programs of classical favorites with lesser-known gems. She is also committed to music education, in particular, providing chamber music opportunities for young musicians. She is the Director of ACP’s Annapolis Chamber Music Project and former director of University of Maryland’s ClarinetConnection. She has taught clarinet privately and coached chamber music ensembles at the University of Maryland, South River High School, and for the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra. From 2010-2016 Phyllis was a member of the Washington College Music Department. 

Phyllis received her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in clarinet performance from the University of Maryland, and her Bachelor of Music degree from The Peabody Conservatory of Music. She studied clarinet with Loren Kitt, Ignatius Gennusa, Anthony Gigliotti, Robert Marcellus, among others. She has done extensive research and archival work for the International Clarinet Association Research Center, and published articles in The Clarinet, Clarinet & Saxophone, and NACWPI Journal.