Richard Hicks has worked as a pianist and organist in various capacities since he was a teenager in the 1960s, as a church organist and director, solo performer, accompanist, and studio musician.  Richard’s performance experience includes classical piano and organ repertoire,  jazz,  blues, rock, and other genres.  

Richard earned a bachelor's degree in piano performance at Syracuse University, and a master's degree in music education and piano performance at The Hartt School,  He completed graduate work at Central Connecticut State University leading to an additional teaching endorsement in elementary education.  He has also studied computer science.

Richard taught music history and music theory at The Hartt School as part of his graduate fellowship responsibilities.  In 1979 he began teaching music (and computer skills) at The Independent Day School in Middlefield, and in 1988 he started teaching music at Hamden Public Schools.  In 2015, Richard retired as a music teacher, after 36 years of being fortunate enough to do what he loves. 

Richard worked as a church organist and music director in various churches, including Augustana Lutheran (Meriden, CT), Church of the Resurrection (Roman Catholic in Wallingford), Unitarian Universalist Church (Meriden, CT), and Concordia Lutheran Church (Manchester, CT), where in 2015 he retired as minister of music.  Richard was honored by Concordia with the title Minister of Music, Emeritus. He now continues to work as a free-lance musician in New England.

Availability as Musician

Richard is available in Maine as an organist or pianist.

Map of availability in Maine

Suggested Fees


 I am webmaster for the following web sites:

Lake View Estates Homeowners Association

…a community in Fayette, Maine where we enjoy the incredible beauty of the north country.

Basin, David, and Tilton Ponds Association

Fayette, ME (and adjacent towns),

BDTPA Mission Statement: 

“BDTPA works to improve the water quality of the ponds and their total environment.The association also educates and informs landowners, their guests, and other interested individuals on issues of water qulity, invasive plants, and other environmental and safety concerns.”


See a selection of recipes from Elenor (Richard’s mom), along with some other favorites.


See a collection of family photos

Family History

See some of the research I have been doing on my ancestors.

The Bill of Rights

by Neely Bruce

See more about this work, the composer, and rehearsal tracks for chorus members.