Richter, Blake

Blake Richter is a middle school choir director in his hometown of Nixa, Missouri. Blake holds a Doctorate of Educational Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction from Evangel University, a Masters of Science in Educational Administration, and a Bachelor of Music Education from Missouri State University, where he studied with Dr. Guy B. Webb and Dr. Cameron F. LaBarr.

Blake directs over 290 seventh and eighth grade students in his various ensembles at Nixa Junior High. Blake's choirs have been selected to perform at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference multiple times. 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, in 2019, Blake was awarded the Prelude Award from the Missouri Choral Directors Association for demonstrating exemplary work as a young choral professional, in 2020, Blake was named a Semifinalist for the GRAMMY Music Educator Award, and in 2022, Blake was selected as a member of the Springfield Business Journal's class of 40 Under 40.

In his spare time, Blake runs his Blake Richter Productions business which specializes in video production, audio engineering, 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 lives in Nixa with his wife, Kaitlyn. He 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.