KMEA Hall of Fame
Herbert C. Richert
Inducted in 1986
Herbert C. Richert received his college training from Tabor College where he became interested in music for male choruses. He conducted and toured with the Mennonite Brethren Male Chorus and was instrumental in producing the first English-language hymnal for the Mennonite Brethren Church of North America. Richert began teaching in 1920 in Oklahoma and became professor of voice at Beulah College. In 1929, he became supervisor of music in Hillsboro. From 1935 to 1960, he chaired the music department at Tabor College. He took a master's degree from Emporia State in 1955. After retiring from Tabor College in 1966, he taught another five years in the public schools in Moscow, Kansas. He was active in many professional and church organizations, pursued Bible studies in various colleges in Kansas and California, was a charter member of the Choral Conductors Guild of America, and served as editor of Young People's Sacred Songs.