John Richards  John Richards photo       

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Distinguished Research Staff Member
IBM Research AI, T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY USA
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Professional Associations:  ACM  |  American Guild of Organists  |  British Computer Society  |  IEEE

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More information:  ACM author page  |  University of Dundee


When not working, I spend as much time as possible playing music. I primarily play instruments with keys and instruments with frets, along with singing choral music as a tenor.

I am currently the organist at Saint John's Episcopal Church in Honeoye Falls near Rochester, New York. Before that I served as music director and organist at Saint Margaret's Episcopal Church in Dundee, Scotland.

The photo on the left is the hybrid pipe-digital Allen organ we designed for St Mary the Virgin in Chappaqua NY, my parish home before we moved to Scotland. To the right is a shot from a wonderful Celtic session I got to play at the Ballymaloe House, Ballycotton, County Cork, Ireland.

Allen 3-manual organ at the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Chappaqua, NY Evening music at Ballymaloe House, County Cork, Ireland

Instruments I play with keys (where "key" is somewhat loosely defined):

  • Pipe and tone-wheel organs
  • Piano and synthesizer
  • Bb and C trumpets
  • English concertina and Irish tin whistle (learning)

Instruments I play with frets:

  • Guitar: acoustic, electric, and hexaphonic (driving Roland V-Guitar and synth)
  • Mandolin (a rare 1982 Stiver F model)
  • Banjo (a Deering John Hartford model with Grenadilla tone ring)
  • Bass (as needed, which is about never)