Richard L. Chelpka is the District Orchestra Specialist for Mesa Public Schools. After over thirty years of service, Mr. Chelpka has retired from teaching. He received the 1984 Stanbury Award for the State of Arizona for Excellence in Teaching. In 2003, he received the O. M. Hartsell Excellence in Teaching Music Award.
As a violinist, Mr. Chelpka performs with the West Valley Symphony, Bach Festival Orchestra, and the Symphony of the Southwest. Mr. Chelpka enjoys chamber music and performs with the Fountain Hills Chamber Players.