Richard Hornsby is an active performer, educator, arts administrator and arts advocate. A specialist in clarinets and saxophones, he has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Canada the U.S. and Europe. He has also performed with major Canadian orchestras such as the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony. On saxophone, he was a member of the Canadian Saxophone Quintet and has been a member of New Brunswick’s new music ensemble, Motion, now Motion2 with which he has toured most of Canada and Europe and performed at major music festivals and recorded several CDs. He is also the founder and artistic director of Atlantic Sinfonia, eastern Canada’s professional chamber orchestra. In demand as a performer, conductor, teacher, clinician, adjudicator and speaker, Richard maintains an active performing career while holding the position of Director of Music at the University of New Brunswick where he teaches conducting, Canadian music history, music technology and conducts ensembles. He is also Conductor in Music Director of the Fredericton Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Hornsby has been active on the local, provincial and national levels. A partial list includes serving as President of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, President of the New Brunswick Arts Board, and President of the New Brunswick Arts Council. He is currently president of the Cultural Human Resources Council of Canada, President of Music New Brunswick, CulturePlus, and was a founding member of the Fredericton Arts Alliance. He is passionate about the role of the arts in our society, and works on issues of arts education, arts and cultural policy, access to the arts and training for cultural workers through a variety of organizations.