Richard Mogavero is a collaborative pianist in the Vassar College music department where he coaches students in the performance of vocal repertoire and accompanies voice lessons and student recitals. He has worked professionally as a music director, pianist, actor (AEA), stage director (SSDC), artistic director, and teacher in Off-Broadway productions, regional theatre, summer stock, and academia. Mr. Mogavero served as faculty member tenor section leader, and staff pianist for the Berkshire Choral Festival; as a pianist/voice coach in the musical theatre program at SUNY/New Paltz; and as adjunct in the Keene State College music department. He has accompanied the musical theatre class of noted Broadway actress Helen Gallagher, and conducted a small “town-gown” community choir at Vassar.
Additionally, he has taught at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Northwestern University, SUNY/Fredonia, and CUNY Lehman College. Mr. Mogavero studied acting and stage voice with Kathleen Stafford of the Bristol Old Vic School, audition technique with Michael Shurtleff and classical voice with Charles Reading.. He has been a theatre guest-artist at Duke University, Eckerd College, New York University, and for the National Endowment for the Humanities. For many years he has served as music director for Ascension/Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Highland, NY. Together with tenor James Fredericks, he has widely performed a cabaret evening of musical theatre repertoire. He holds a B.A., Phi Beta Kappa with Honors from Colgate University and an M.A. From Northwestern university.