Blake Richter is in his fifth year of teaching in his hometown of Nixa, Missouri. He leads a diverse music program at Inman Intermediate which includes guitar, voice, musical theater, and music technology classes. Blake holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Missouri State University, where he studied with Dr. Guy B. Webb and Dr. Cameron F. LaBarr.
Blake also directs the 40 member Inman 6th Grade Select Choir and the 150 member GraceNotes Honor Choir. The Inman choral program includes almost half of the entire student body and consistently receives top ratings at local festivals and competitions. Both of these ensembles have had the opportunity to perform at the Missouri Music Educators Association In-Service Workshop/Conference. Blake also serves as the Vocal Director for the Nixa High School Theatre Department.
In 2017, Blake was named one of Missouri’s 32 Regional Teachers of the Year and in 2019, Blake was awarded the Prelude Award from the Missouri Choral Directors Association for demonstrating exemplary work as a young choral professional in addition to receiving Christian County’s Top 10 Under 40 award. Blake frequently presents at District and State Level Conferences including STAR Summit and the Missouri Choral Directors Association Conference. He is a member of ACDA, MCDA, NAfME, MMEA, and MSTA.
In his spare time, Blake runs his Blake Richter Productions business which specializes in video production, audio engineering, photography, and music composition. Blake uses his passion for videography to create fun, engaging videos for his students and the school district. His videos have most recently received awards including the 2019 Missouri Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support Video of the Year, 2017 National PBIS Film of the Year, and have been recognized by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Blake is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Educational Administration from Missouri State University. He lives in Nixa with his wife, Kaitlyn, who is a fellow teacher at Inman. Blake counts it a privilege to teach in the district that helped him become the person he is today. He is thankful for the opportunity to have a lasting impact on students’ lives through joining together in music making.