Richard Anshutz |

Richard Anshutz

Richard Leland Anshutz, 82, died of heart failure in Cerritos,

California, on June 22, 2013. Nevada County musicians will

remember him as the conductor in the 1980s of the Nevada

County Concert Band and Sierra Philharmonic Orchestra (later,

Sierra Community Orchestra) under the auspices of Sierra

Musical Arts Association.

Richard was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on October 27,

1930. In his long and distinguished musical life he conducted

orchestras, youth orchestras, and bands. He was a staff member

of the American Symphony Orchestra League, Charleston,

WV, and Operations Coordinator at the Music Academy of the

West, Santa Barbara.

A mentor to many young men through his volunteer work in

DeMolay, he is remembered with gratitude and love for his kind

and humble demeanor and his interest and friendship extended to

all he knew. Everyone loved to hear his stories.

Richard married the love of his life, Kay Pech, in Vienna,

Austria, on June 7, 1989, and shared 24 years of a “musical

match made in heaven.” He was devoted to her and enjoyed their

collaboration on many musical projects, particularly the Chamber

Music Institute—Southern California, a nonprofit providing string

quartet coaching for players of all ages.

He was the manager of a Kinko’s store in Long Beach in

the 1990s. He loved traveling and his favorite place in the world

was Paris.

Richard is survived by his wife Kay; two stepsons,

Jon Andreas of Chino, California, and Marc Andreas of

Grandville, Michigan; and seven grandchildren.

No memorial service is planned. Tax-deductible

contributions may be given to CMIsc for the Richard Anshutz

Memorial Scholarship,

Richard Leland


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