Dr. Rick Dimond
Dr. Rick Dimond, Percussion, Nu Fusion Jazz Ensemble, String Ensemble
BM in Percussion Performance, Indiana University
MM in Percussion Performance, Indiana University
DM in Percussion Performance, Indiana University
Dr. Rick Dimond is currently Professor of Music at Henderson State University and the Principal Timpanist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. His musical experiences are quite varied, studying oboe, piano, stringed instruments, percussion, and accordion in his youth. Though mainly a classical performer, Dimond has explored and performed commercial music, most often on keyboards in jazz and pop groups. His quintet, AcousticSin, has performed original jazz-rock fusion music at local jazz festivals and has recorded a CD of his own compositions titled Original Sin.
Earning Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees from Indiana University in Percussion Performance, Dimond also earned the Performer’s Certificate, IU’s highest performance distinction, for his junior recital. He also won the IU Concerto Competition, performing his transcription of the Khachaturian Violin Concerto on marimba with the IU Symphony Orchestra. Transcriptions have become a focus of Dimond's, as his Doctoral Document, “Transcribing Solo Piano Literature to the Vibraphone,” aims at improving a rather scant solo vibraphone repertoire.
Dimond has performed as marimba and timpani soloist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and has performed the Russell Peck Timpani Concerto with the Fort Smith Symphony and the Symphony of Southeast Texas. He has also performed with Roger Williams and with Henry Mancini’s touring orchestra. His Henderson State University jazz ensemble, NuFusion, is a perennial favorite at the Hot Springs Jazz Festival and is rapidly developing a regional following. Dimond also has composed and performed a movie soundtrack, The Redemption, an independent film. During the summers of 2000 and 2001, Dimond served as a summer Artist Faculty for the Asian Youth Orchestra, helping them prepare for performances in China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Australia, and the Philippines. The Artist Faculty is comprised of performers and educators from around the world who work with the students in both sectionals and private lessons. Since 2004 Dimond has served as a member of the Arkansas Governor’s School faculty.