Department of Music

Richard Manik

Rich is a freelance musician and recording artist living in the Twin Cities area since 1988. He currently performs on all woodwinds and keyboard with many local and national artists in a variety of musical styles from symphonic to contemporary popular music.

Some of the musicians Rich has performed with include:

  • The Temptations
  • The Four Tops
  • Kenny Rodgers
  • Clark Terry
  • Lou Rawls
  • Jack McDuff

Rich has extensive experience performing in and touring with productions of, The 1940’s Radio Hour and A Little Night Music and when possible, continues to tour with local and national artists. His continuing performance experiences include recording sessions for radio and television, pit orchestras and as a featured guest artist / clinician and conductor.

Some of the most recent performance experiences have included performances with the George Maurer Jazz Group, St. Cloud Symphony, Minnesota Public Television, St. Paul City Ballet and Rainy Days and Mondays; A Tribute to the Music of The Carpenters. 

In addition to directing the SCSU Jazz Ensemble, Rich has been an adjunct instructor of music at a variety of colleges and universities, including Southwest Minnesota State University and The Institute for Production and Recording in Minneapolis.

Rich has earned a B.M. in Jazz Performance from Duquesne University and a Masters of Music Degree from Boston University.