Rick Bartlett (center left with white name tag) with the Horseheads High School Concert Choir for the premiere of his work “City of the Heart” for chorus and piano for which Bartlett won 2nd place.

Have you seen the movie Creek Water, witnessed the prestigious Ithaca College School of Music composer’s competition or attended the Spoleto Festival? If so, you may already be familiar with Process Improvement Coordinator Rick Bartlett’s work.

Rick has been composing music, particularly vocal pieces, since high school. His achievements include placing first and second place consecutively at the Northwest Missouri University composition competition, publishing dozens of works, being featured at a Georgia composer’s convention, developing scores for the Savannah College of Art and Design commercials and much more.

“I’ve had high school choirs in Singapore, Scotland, England and all across Georgia perform my pieces,” Rick said. “Recently, I had the unique pleasure of having my nephew, who attends Cornell, come to my Ithaca performance.”

The Ithaca College School of Music is one of the highest-rated music programs in the world. Its annual composer’s competition draws performances from the top composers in America as well as international attention.

“Music has always been a part of my life. I’ve sung in choirs since 5th grade and I got my degree in music.”

Despite his many musical accolades, Rick considers singing and writing music to be a hobby. He’s been with Atlantic Southeast for 25 years in nearly every position in the Aircraft Spares department. Even now, with a four hour daily commute, he says he loves his job.

“I love being able to resolve problems, to implement processes that will help us do things right the first time.”