RICHARD CHRONISTER was active in the field of keyboard teaching and teacher training for more than 40 years. He was founder, editor and publisher of Keyboard Companion from 1990 - 1999.
Mr. Chronister graduated cum laude in 1952 with a Mus.B. from the University of Tulsa (Oklahoma). He continued at the University of Tulsa to earn a M.Mus. in 1955 and was then appointed instructor of piano at the University. In 1956, he joined the piano and piano pedagogy faculty at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. In 1959 he was called back to the University of Tulsa where he founded and directed the first degree program in piano pedagogy to be recognized by the National Association of Schools of Music. Returning to Princeton in 1961, he joined the staff of the New School for Music Study where he was educational director in charge of teacher training.
In 1968 he co-founded and became educational director for National Keyboard Arts Associates, an organization active in developing, testing, and publishing piano education materials for elementary and intermediate students. During this time, he was also director of piano pedagogy for Westminster Choir College, where the preparatory piano department served as a laboratory for the testing of Keyboard Arts materials. He directed further testing at the Philadelphia Settlement Music School. With Keyboard Arts co-founder, David Kraehenbuehl, Mr. Chronister concertized as a team for more than twenty-five years, performing much of the two-piano and four-hand piano literature.
In 1978, he was visiting professor of piano pedagogy at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri where he hosted the exploratory meeting that became The National Conference on Piano Pedagogy which he co-founded in 1980 and served as its executive director for fifteen years. In 1981, he joined the piano pedagogy faculty at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and was simultaneously chair of the piano department of the Community School of Performing Arts (now the Colburn School of Performing Arts.) Mr. Chronister is a founding board member of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy in Princeton.