Richard (Dick) Duncan is the fourth director to lead the Augsburg Centennial Singers. He grew up in Cannon Falls but graduated from high school in Randolph, Minnesota. He attended Augsburg College, where he sang in the choir and earned a degree in music education.
Following his graduation in 1971, he headed for New York City to attend the School of Sacred Music at Union Theological Seminary where, in 1973, he was awarded a Master’s Degree in Sacred Music.
He returned to Minnesota to lead the senior high school vocal music program at Hastings for ten years. Quite unexpectedly, he soon found himself passing through a series of positions with the Minnesota Historical Society, and it was here that he remained until his retirement. The majority of his years with the Society were spent as a museum manager for the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.
For his final three years, he moved over to Minneapolis to fill a similar position at the Mill City Museum. Dick began playing the organ for his home church while still in the ninth grade. It’s been the one constant in his life. Now in his 58th year of playing, he serves as organist for Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church in South Minneapolis.