Richard Domek

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School of Music

Music Theory and Composition
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  • Ph.D. Indiana University 
  • M.M. Indiana University 
  • B.M. Indiana University 

At UK since: 1974

Richard Domek taught courses in music theory and served as advisor, committee member, and director for many graduate theses and dissertations at the University of Kentucky School of Music from 1974 until his retirement in 2012. His creative and research interests include jazz studies (notably Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, ragtime and stride piano, and transcription of earlier jazz), counterpoint, composing, arranging, and piano performance.  His articles and reviews have appeared in Jazz Perspectives, Music Theory Spectrum, Jazz Research Proceedings Yearbook, Percussive Notes, College Music Symposium, In Theory Only, and American Music, and he has appeared at conferences for the Society for American Music, Music Theory Midwest, International Association of Jazz Educators, College Music Society, American Musicological Society, and International Council of Fine Arts Deans.   

Domek worked as a transcriber for the Smithsonian Institution’s Jazz Masterworks Project.  His transcriptions and arrangements of classic American jazz compositions along with his original works have been performed, broadcast, and recorded worldwide by various ensembles worldwide including the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Rhythm and Brass, Phoenix Symphony, Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Peninsula Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, US Air Force Orchestra, Munich Brass, US Army Field Band, and many others.  His works appear on CDs such as Christmas Time Is Here and More Money Jungle by Rhythm and Brass, Big Band Treasures Live and Tribute to a Generation by the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and Ellington Celebration and Flying Home by the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra.  He is co-founder, co-director, and pianist in the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra, and leader and pianist for the Walnut Street Ragtime Ramblers, a ragtime and traditional jazz ensemble that has appeared at festivals and concerts in the US and Europe.  He also remains active as a piano performer and accompanist.

Domek has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kentucky Arts Council, and as a Visiting Speaker/Performer for the Kentucky Humanities Council.  In addition to faculty duties in the School of Music, he served as dean of the UK College of Fine Arts from 1981-1992.

Created 07/20/2021
Last Updated 07/22/2021