Department of Music

River Hill High School

A Commitment To Excellence!




(Royal Northern College of Music)

Master of Music Education-Vocal Performance

(Towson University)

Master of Music Education-Tuba Performance

(Towson University)

Post-Graduate Certificate in Education

(Manchester Polytechnic)


22 Years (6th at River Hill)


Mayfield Woods Middle School

(Vocal/General Director)

Abiding Savior Luthern Church



Music Technology I/II

Guitar II, III/IV

Music Technology Resource (HCPSS)

Mr. Richard McCready (Director of Music Technology) was born and raised in Northern Ireland. His first experience of music was through singing, becoming Head Chorister of Belfast Cathedral by age 11 and also singing lead roles in several major operas with Northern Ireland's “Studio Opera Group” while still at elementary school. Mr. McCready excelled at both music and computer technology at high school.  He was a member of the Irish Youth Orchestra, he was the Brass Class Winner of the Irish Musician of the Future Competition, and he won the Northern Ireland Schools Computing Quiz three years in a row. Mr. McCready studied Tuba Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, and Education at Didsbury School of Education, also in Manchester. He taught at Frodsham High School in Cheshire, England, before moving to the US in 1992. Since coming to the US, Mr. McCready has held teaching positions at The Park School in Baltimore, Towson University, and The Levine School of Music in Washington, DC, and he has also played professionally with the Monumental Brass Quintet. He has earned two Masters degrees from Towson University, one in Tuba Performance, and one in Vocal Performance. Mr. McCready was hired by Howard County in 2002 and taught at Mayfield Woods Middle School for six years before being hired as Director of Music Technology at River Hill High School in 2008. Mr. McCready plays many instruments, including tuba, piano, organ, guitar, banjo, bass, Celtic harp, Electronic Wind Synth, and World percussion. He is also the Organist and Choirmaster at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in Hickory Ridge.

Richard McCready