Richard E. Brittain Scholarship

Richard (Dick) E. Brittain was born in Frankfort, IN, in 1917. He enrolled in VanderCook College of Music in 1935, and by his third year he was assigned teaching duties that included directing the concert band. As H.E. Nutt’s “right-hand man,” Dr. Brittain was a vital part of the college’s success and its involvement with the Midwest Band Clinic. He served as a member the Clinic’s Board of Directors and was presented the coveted Midwest Medal of Honor.

Prior to his retirement in 1988, Dr. Brittain led the VanderCook Band in 37 Midwest performances. He was a significant part of VanderCook for 53 years, serving as president, dean, band director, and instructor for conducting, theory, and applied woodwinds. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by VanderCook in 1988.

As a testimony to Dr. Brittain, the Brittain family has created a scholarship fund in his honor. Memorializing Dr. Brittain through a contribution to this scholarship fund will help VanderCook keep his legacy and teachings alive for generations to come. 



Dr. Richard E. Brittain


VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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