Guest Clinicians

Neil Rutman

The Washington Post has written of Neil Rutman that his playing “met the highest standards and his spotless articulation gave the whole program unusual polish and virtuoso marks,” and the New York Times stated that “he won the audience over for himself with exquisite performances- both commanding and full of character.” 

Neil Rutman has distinguished himself as a top prize winner in several international competitions including the Busoni, Kapell, Casadesus, Joanna Hodges, Concert Artist Guild, and International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition.  Mr. Rutman has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and for Artistic Excellence from the Astral Foundation. He has appeared in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Tokyo’s Bunka Kaikan and the Schola Cantorum in Paris with concert tours of the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand, Japan, and the Persian Gulf. Recordings include two Mozart Piano Concerti, an all Poulenc CD, with Emmy Award winning actor Tony Randall providing the narration in ‘The Story of Babar the Little Elephant’, and his 2008 all Chopin release on the Pro Musica label.  Mr. Rutman has recently authored articles for the Piano Quarterly, The Piano Teacher, an interview with Aiko Onishi in Clavier, and is a contributing author to the book ‘Piano Masterpieces’ published by Oxford University Press.  During the summer of 2011 Dr. Rutman was invited to give the closing concert at the World Conference of the European Piano Teachers Association Conference in Serbia. 

A native of California and graduate of the Eastman School and Peabody Conservatory, Neil Rutman is Artist-in-Residence at the University of Central Arkansas. Since 2005 his students have won top prizes in the Kappell International Competition, the East West Artist Auditions in New York City, and the Clara Wells Competition, the Memphis Beethoven Club, and the Tulsa National Rotary Competition.  Dr. Rutman teaches classes on Tone Production each summer in San Francisco.

A former collegiate boxer, Dr. Rutman also coaches the University of Central Arkansas Boxing Team and is a volunteer Probation Officer for juvenile offenders in Faulkner County. For more information about Mr. Rutman, view his DVD’s on You Tube or visit

Phyllis RichmondPhyllis G. Richmond, MA, Certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, teaches in Evanston, IL and Dallas, TX. She has worked with many musicians, teaching for more than 15 years in the University of North Texas College of Music and also teaching members of the Dallas and Fort Worth Symphonies. In the summers, she teaches for the Keyboard Wellness Seminar and offers an intensive workshop for musicians held at the University of North Texas.

She has taught in many universities including Southern Methodist University, University of Texas at Arlington, Rice, Baylor, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma, Oklahoma Central, Louisiana, Texas Woman's University, Texas Wesleyan, as well as for professional programs including the Keyboard Wellness Seminar, American Harp Society, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Music Institute of Chicago, and Texas Cello Academy. She also teaches abroad, most recently in Italy and in Taiwan.

Phyllis also teaches the Shaw Method of Swimming, which is based on the Alexander Technique, and Yang style Tai Chi Chuan, having received certification to teach from the International Yang Style Martial Arts Association in Taiwan. A former dancer, dance teacher, choreographer, and opera director, she has an MA in Dance Education from Columbia University Teachers College in New York City.

Phyllis trained as an Alexander Technique teacher in England and is a member of both the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and the British Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT). She is the Editor of AmSAT Journal, the journal of the American Society for the Alexander Technique since 2005. In 2012, she received the Distinguished Service Award, the highest recognition given by the American Society for the Alexander Technique for contributions to the profession.