Composer. Teacher. Author. Leader.

Richard Crosby was born in Ashland, Ohio and raised in Largo, Florida.

He holds the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education (1979), the Master of Music degree in Piano and Wind Conducting (1981) and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano (1990), all from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.


Dr. Crosby was appointed to the faculty of Eastern Kentucky University in 1986 where he serves as an EKU Foundation Professor. He served as Chair of the Faculty Senate from 2021-23.


Initiated in 1975 into the Eta-Omicron chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Dr. Crosby served three terms as National President (1994-97, 2003-06, 2006-09). He has received the Orpheus Award, was made a Signature Sinfonian in 2015 and is one of only 3 living recipients of the Ossian E. Mills Award.


Dr. Crosby’s compact disc/cassette recording, “An American Portrait,” released in 1994, features works by Charles Griffes, Amy Beach, William Grant Still, David Guion, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Lee Hoiby and George Gershwin. This disc is available on the PARMA label. He is also a composer of numerous published works and is the author of, “The All-In-One Laboratory Piano Course,” published by Kendall Hunt.


“Behind the Neo-Classicist façade beats the heart of a closet Romantic.”


-Dan Gawthrop, former critic for the Washington Post, discussing Crosby's Viola Sonata



Sonata for Trombone and Piano Op. 1

ITA Manuscript Press


Appalachian Variations Op. 2 - For Symphonic Band

TRN Music Publisher


Flourish for Organ Op. 3

J. W. Pepper


Three Songs on Poems by Robert Burns Op. 4



Three Songs on Poems by Edgar Allan Poe Op. 5



Elegy for Oboe and Piano



Ships That Pass In The Night (Dunbar)



Marudvina for Violin and Piano Op. 7



A Walt Whitman Portrait Op. 8 - For SATB Chorus and Symphonic Band

Northeastern Music Publications


By The Waters of Memory Op. 9 for solo Piano (also available for Cello and Piano)

J.W. Pepper

Sonata for Viola and Piano Op. 10

J.W. Pepper


Tribute Op. 11 - For grade 1.5 symphonic band

Northeastern Music Publications

Trumpet Concerto in Bb Op. 12 - With Symphonic Band - With Piano reduction

J. W. Pepper


Variations Op. 13 for Solo Piano

J. W. Pepper

Four Latin Dances Op. 14 for Oboe and Piano

J. W. Pepper


He Shall Cover Thee Op. 15 for SSATB Chorus

Colla Voce


Remembrance Op. 16 for Marimba and Piano

J. W. Pepper


On The Beach at Night (Whitman) Op.17 - For TTBB Chorus

J.W. Pepper


Ricercare Op. 18 for Trombone Ensemble

J. W. Pepper


Sonata Op. 19 for Cello and Piano

J. W. Pepper


Canzona Op. 20 for Trombone Ensemble

J. W. Pepper


Sonata in B minor for Piano Op. 21

C. F. Peters


The Transience of Things Op. 22  - For Trumpet, Violin and Piano



Stream An American Portrait

Crosby's Compositions

Published Works

Thoughts on Life and Leadership

Drawing on nearly 50 years of leadership experience, “Thoughts on Life and Leadership” is not your typical leadership book. It deals not only with tried-and-true leadership themes featured in standard books in the field but focuses on the reality of the author’s leadership experience, including things that many leaders wish someone had warned them about before they took the leadership plunge.


Part biography, part philosophy, full of anecdotes and told in a down-to-earth style, “Thoughts on Life and Leadership” is at times humorous and at times serious. It shows the author’s own journey from a determined, insecure teen to a seasoned organizational leader comfortable in his own skin, dedicated to the betterment of the organizations and colleagues he leads. As he points out, leadership is not always fun, and it is even less fun for those who get into leadership for the wrong reasons. But leadership is critical, now more than ever, in our fractious world. This book is for those willing to take on the burden of leadership, in spite of the challenges, to make the world a better place.

Coming Soon
Thoughts on Life and Leadership
The All-In-One Laboratory Piano Course

Drawing on more than 40 years of experience teaching group piano, The All-In-One Laboratory Piano Course is one of the most comprehensive books of its type on the market. Many texts are designed for adult beginning musicians or focus heavily on one or two skills such as harmonization and transposition.


The All-In-One Laboratory Piano Course is designed for a 4-semester sequence for college music majors (or high school students in a lab situation) who have a basic ability to read music.

It includes:
Easy to Intermediate Pieces Starting with Pentachords
The Development of Fingering
Introduction to Pedaling
Technical Exercises
Scales and Arpeggios
Sight Reading
Rhythmic Sight Reading
Clefs and Transposing Instruments
Score Reading and Duets

Designed to be more affordable than many such books on the market, The All-In-One Laboratory Piano Course is a loose-leaf hole-punched workbook that fits into a standard 3 ring binder and includes space for note taking. Finally, a practical, reasonably priced group piano book that covers all of the necessary skills for college music majors and more!

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