Saul Richardson is the chief conductor and musical director of the SYJO program.
Saul Richardson B.Ed (hons), MACE is a guitarist and bass player, currently a PhD student at the University of Sydney where he is a postgraduate member of the LCT Centre of Knowledge-Building. He graduated from the University of Sydney with First Class Honours in Education and the University Medal in 1995. He studied Jazz guitar under Steve Brien and Steve McKenna, and conducting with Jerry Nowak. He is an internationally recognized Jazz educator, and served for two years as Australasian representative on the Executive Board of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE).
Saul is co-founder and principal at Jazz Workshop Australia, a specialist jazz school and educational outreach organisation in Sydney, based in a large studio in the lower north shore suburb of St Leonards. There he teachers guitar lessons, as well as electric bass and jazz improvisation. Saul specialises in teaching jazz improvisation and small ensemble skills to school-aged students and also organises the annual JWA Summer Jazz Camp. He established and developed the then-renowned jazz program at North Sydney Boys’ High School, which became widely regarded as a benchmark of excellence in its field in Australia. After 17 years of service, he retired from the position in 2011.
Saul was awarded by the IAJE at their January 2004 and 2006 conferences for his outstanding service to Jazz Education. He was a founding member of IAJE in NSW and works as a teacher, clinician, consultant and adjudicator. He has lectured in Jazz Pedagogy at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and presented research into jazz education at Australian and international conferences.