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2009-05-11MARYVILLE, MO |  By: Grady

Richardson to Latvia

Dr. William Richardson, the Northwest Jazz Ensemble Director, has acquired a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach and perform in the Northern European country of Latvia this coming spring 2010 semester.

The Fulbright Scholar grant is sponsored by the U-S State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

It is awarded on the basis of academic or professional achievement and demonstrated leadership potential.

Richardson expects most of the teaching and performing he experiences to consist of the classical trumpet
repertoire (rep-ruh-twar) but he would like to offer a jazz appreciation class and experience the European jazz scene.

Richardson says "for whatever reasons, it seems like European audiences appreciate this American art form better than American audiences."