Sowers II, Richard L.

Personal Summary / Bio

Richard Sowers is Director of Music Ministries for Williamsburg United Methodist Church in Williamsburg, VA where he founded the Williamsburg Bach Choir and leads a 150-voice massed choir in an annual concert presentation of Handel's Messiah with the Handel Chamber Orchestra. Sowers oversees over 425 participants comprising 6 vocal choirs, 4 handbell choirs, a church orchestra and a professional chamber orchestra. As founder and former artistic director and conductor of the Lexington Bach Choir and Lexington Baroque Consort in Lexington, KY, Sowers served as Dean of the Lexington Chapter of The American Guild of Organists from 2005-2007. He was Director of Music Ministries for the Abington Presbyterian Church near Philadelphia where he was also music director and conductor of the Abington Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Chorus. For more than ten years Sowers was Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music (Voice) at Lindsey Wilson College. He is the former music director and conductor of The Louisville Chorus and founder and music director of the Columbia Choral Society and Orchestra. He sang in 17 productions with the Kentucky Opera Association serving as a young artist apprentice under its founder, artistic director and conductor Moritz Bomhard. A fellowship grant recipient from the National Opera Institute in Washington, D.C. Sowers also worked as a marketing director, associate director, and artistic director for opera companies in Syracuse, Rochester, Indianapolis, Connecticut, Orlando, and Memphis. He has been a featured soloist with the Louisville Bach Society, won the Kentucky District Metropolitan Opera Auditions, and for four seasons sang the title role in “The Stephen Foster Story” in Bardstown, Kentucky and in Tokyo, Japan. He holds the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Louisville School of Music in applied voice, did graduate studies in opera at the Indiana University Music School, and doctoral studies in conducting at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Sowers’ voice teachers and coaches have included Fletcher Smith, Walter Cassel, Eileen Farrell, John Alexander, Gary Kendall, Dalton Baldwin, Rose Bampton, and John Wustman. Artistic mentors and conducting teachers include Moritz Bomhard, Robert Driver, Melvin Dickinson, Gerhard Herz, Alan Harlar, Julius Herford, Anton Coppola, Elmer Thomas, John Lehman, Earl Rivers, and Teri Murai.



Professional Performer or Semi-Pro Performer

My Music

TitleComposerPerformer/EnsembleUpload DateLengthPlayDownload
Brandenberg Concerto No. 2 in F major, mvt. IIIJ.S. BachLexington Baroque ConsortMay 6 20103:14
Lobet Gott in seinen ReichenJ.S. BachLexington Bach Choir and Baroque ConsortMay 6 20105:15
Ave Verum CorpusWilliam ByrdLexington Bach ChoirMay 6 20105:14

Contact Information


124 Seton Hill
Williamsburg, VA, 23188
United States
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