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Richard Yardumian, American composer. Recipient Edward B. Benjamin restful music award, 1958; Eugene Ormandy Commission award, 1961; Composer award Lancaster Symphony, 1975; Gold medal award for excellence Armenian Bicentennial Commemoration Committee, 1976. Served with infantry United States Army, World World War World War II; Member American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Philadelphia Museum Society, Museum Fund Society.


Yardumian, Richard was born on April 5, 1917 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Haig Y. and Lucia (Atamian) Yardumian.


Student piano with George F. Boyle, student conducting with Pierre Monteaux, student harmony and counterpoint with William F. Happich, student harmony and counterpoint with H. Alexander Matthews.


Teacher advanced piano. President of the board directors The Lord’s New Church, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, 1957-1979, vice president, 1979-1985, music director, 1939-1985. Board of directors Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra.

Co-founder, board directors Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia, 1965. Trustee Philharmonia Orchestra. Trustee, vice president Grand Teton Music Festival.


  • Other Work

    • Composer: Three Preludes for Piano, 1936, 39, 44, Armenian Suite, 1937, Symphonic Suite, 1939, Three Pictographs for Orchestra, 1941, Danse for Piano, 1942, Desolate City, 1944, Prelude and Chorale for Piano, 1944, Chromatic Sonata for Piano, 1946, Psalm 130, 1947, Monologue for Solo Violin, 1947, Violin Concerto, 1949, middle movement, 1960. Epigram: William M. Kincaid for flute and strings, commissioned by William Kincaid, 1951, String Quartet Northern 1, commissioned by Philadelphia String Quartet, 1955, Cantus Animae et Cordis for string orchestra, 1955, Passacaglia, Recitatives & Fugue for piano and orchestra, commissioned by Rudolf Firkusny, 1957, Chorale-Prelude on Veni Sancte Spiritus (chamber orchestra), 1958, Symphony Northern 1, commissioned Eugene Ormandy, 1961, Create in Me, anthem commissioned Princeton Theological Seminary for Sesquicentennial, 1962, Symphony Northern 2, Psalms for contralto and orchestra, 1964, Magnificat for Women’s Voices, commissioned by Hollins College, 1965. For chamber orchestra Come, Creator Spirit (mass in English), commissioned Fordham University for 125th anniversary, 1966.

      Oratorio Abraham, commissioned by Maryville College for Sesquicentennial, 1971. Chorales, composed for The Lord’s New Church, 1980-1985, Four Chorale-Preludes for Organ, 1976, Two Chorale-Preludes for Orchestra: Jesu, meine Freude, Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, 1978, To Mary in Heaven. Poem by Robert Burns Voice and Piano, 1952, Voice and Orchestra, 1978.

      Ee Kerezman (Resurrection), Chorale-Prelude for Orchestra. Recordings for, Columbia, Radio Corporation of America, Electric and Music Industries, HNH, Cryptography Research Inc, Varese-Sarabande. Contributor to: Music Jour.


Served with infantry United States Army, World World War World War II. Member American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Philadelphia Museum Society, Museum Fund Society.


Married Ruth Elsie Seckelmann, January 9, 1937. Children: Vahaan, Vartan (deceased), Miryam, Aram (deceased), Sarah (deceased), Nishan, Rebakah, Rachel, Esther Marie, Dara, Anahid, Mira-Estelle, Vera Renata.

Haig Y. Yardumian

Lucia (Atamian) Yardumian

Ruth Elsie Seckelmann

Nishan Yardumian

Mira-Estelle Yardumian

Miryam Yardumian

Rebakah Yardumian

Sarah Yardumian (deceased)

Aram Yardumian (deceased)

Vahaan Yardumian

Anahid Yardumian

Dara Yardumian

Esther Marie Yardumian

Rachel Yardumian

Vartan Yardumian (deceased)

Vera Renata Yardumian