Debra Richtmeyer has been Professor of Saxophone at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1991 and has performed as a soloist in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. She has performed in back-up ensembles for such entertainers as Natalie Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Seals & Crofts, Doc Severinsen and Bob Hope, and has performed or recorded as a featured soloist with numerous ensembles, including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, United States Navy Band, and the Indianapolis, Knoxville, Slovak Radio, and Zlin Martinu Czech Republic orchestras. Professor Richtmeyer has premiered commissioned works at six World Saxophone Congresses and three North American Saxophone Alliance Conferences, and in 1997 became the first woman to perform as a concerto soloist with orchestra at a World Saxophone Congress. Professor Richtmeyer has given featured recitals and master classes numerous venues including the World Saxophone Congress, British Saxophone Conference, The U.S. Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference, and Paris Conservatory.
Professor Richtmeyer’s solo recording, Light of Sothis, was described by The Saxophone Symposium as, “sterling throughout ... a first- class soloist by any standards.” The Dallas Morning News called her performance, “atmospheric ... and ravishing ... first-class solo playing.” Richtmeyer’s latest solo CD, Extravaganza for Saxophone and Orchestra, was recently released by Albany Records and was reviewed as "…flawless...an extraordinary album..." by the American Record Guide.
Previously a member of the music faculty at the University of North Texas from 1981-1991, Richtmeyer holds degrees from Northwestern University, where she was a student and teaching assistant of Frederick L. Hemke. In 2002 she received the University of Illinois Campus Award for Outstanding Graduate and Professional Teaching and the College of Fine and Applied Arts Award for Outstanding Faculty in 1997. Professor Richtmeyer is President-Elect of the North American Saxophone Alliance, and is an artist and clinician for Conn-Selmer Incorporated.