Rich Manik

Richard ManikMusic History, Music Theory

Rich Manik is a freelance musician and recording artist living in the Twin Cities area since 1988. He currently performs on all woodwinds and keyboard with many local and national artists in a variety of musical styles from symphonic to contemporary popular music. Some of the pop artists Rich has performed with include, The Temptations, The Four Tops and Kenny Rodgers. Additionally, Rich has had the opportunity to perform with some well-known jazz musicians such as Clark Terry, Lou Rawls and Jack McDuff. Rich has extensive experience performing in and touring with productions of, the 1940’s Radio Hour and A Little Night Music and when possible, continues to tour with local and national artists.

His continuing performance experiences include recording sessions for radio and television, pit orchestras and as a featured guest artist / clinician and conductor. Some of the most recent performance experiences have included performances with the George Maurer Jazz Group as well as national performances with the Minneapolis based band Synergy. Also, beginning in 2010, Rich had the opportunity to perform as a member of the St. Cloud Symphony including compositions such as Ravel’s Bolero and Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kije, Troika ,Romeo and Juliet, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Bernstein’s West Side Story Dance Suite. Also in 2011, he participated in a Minnesota Public Television feature on the George Maurer Group as well as a performance with the St. Paul City Ballet. Also in 2012, Rich participated in the premier performances of George Maurer’s Autumn Song at the Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, in Provincetown, MA.

During the past 12 years, Rich has been an adjunct instructor of music at a variety of colleges and universities including; Anoka Ramsey Community College, St. Paul College and most recently taught Rock and Roll History to a class of 400 students at St. Cloud State University. Currently, he is an adjunct instructor at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN., and The Institute for Production and Recording in Minneapolis, MN., and will be returning to St. Cloud State in January 2013 to teach Rock and Roll history.


  • MS in music education, Boston University
  • BA in jazz performance, Duquesne University
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