Richard Nelson is assistant organist at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights. He is active as a theorist, accompanist, organist and harpsichordist. A specialist in eighteenth-century music, he is a published author and composer. In addition, he has been a reader for the GRE in Music and for the AP Test in Music Theory.


  • BM cum laude and MM, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  • PhD, Eastman School of Music
  • Studied harmony and Solfège, Conservatoire Americaine, Fontainebleau, France (with Nadia Boulanger)

Teaching Experience

Cleveland Institute of Music

Mercer University
Former associate professor of music

Eastman School of Music
Former instructor