The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
Stevens Amidon, Ph.D.
Interim Department Chair
Associate Professor of English
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499
Office: Rhinehart Music Center
Hours: Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm
Richard Karkosky is a 34 year veteran of the teaching profession as a high school band director. He attended Indiana State University (BA 78) and Ball State University (MS 85). He started his career in the Southern Wells and Winamac Community school districts. He then spent 17 years at DeKalb High School and 13 years at Carroll High School before retiring from secondary education in 2012.
Accomplishments of his successful band career include 16 appearances in the ISSMA marching band state championships including five top 5 finishes, BOA Regional finalist, and Music Bowl Champion. Richard’s concert bands have received 71 ISSMA gold awards and his jazz bands have received 23 ISSMA gold awards as well as 8 jazz festival honor band awards. His drum lines have performed in the IPA state finals 5 times and his winter guards have participated in the IHSCGA state finals 9 times including a “AA” State Championship. He has had students selected for All-State Honor Bands, All-State Orchestra, and All-State Jazz Bands. His bands have performed in the Citrus Bowl Parade, Indianapolis 500 Parade and race track, Kentucky Derby Parade, at Walt Disney World, on Carnival Cruise Lines, and in Nassau, Bahamas.
In addition to teaching concert band, jazz band, and marching band, Richard taught classes in percussion, guard, strings, Music Theory, Applied Music Instruction, and Music History and Appreciation. He also was music director for 29 musical theatre productions.
He is a member of Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Indiana Bandmasters Association.
In the fall of 2013, Richard became a limited lecturer at IPFW for the Techniques in Marching Bands course as well as assisting with the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. He also keeps active teaching private lessons and as a music consultant for area bands. He is also in demand as a judge for solo and ensemble, jazz band, concert band, marching band, and show choir competitions.