He attended Los Angeles City College in 1958 where he studied composItion with Leonard Stein. He graduated with a B.A. in music from Long Beach State College in 1963. While there, he studied with Leon Dallin and Robert Tyndall. He is also a charter member of the Kappa Omicron chapter of PHI MU ALPHA fraternity.

Post graduate studies were at Los Angeles State College in 1964 studying composition with Byong-Kon Kim. At this time, he also received his California State teaching credential.

In 1965 he taught instrumental music at Belvedere Junior High in East Los Angeles, then moved to the Montebello Unified School District in 1967, teaching at Eastmont Junior High School.

He was band director at Montebello High School (1968-73) with award winning jazz, concert and marching bands. He moved to Schurr High School (1973-1986) building it’s program with award winning jazz, concert and marching bands.

In 1970, Ulrich took members of the Montebello High School band and choir on a 6 week European tour under the auspices of the Foreign Study League, teaching and conducting concerts in Barcelona, Rome, Venice, Florence, Salzburg and Paris.

He also took master classes at UCLA in film scoring and composition with Eddie Manson and Walter Scharf.

In 1976 he joined the American Society of Music Arrangers and composed many pieces for orchestra, band and small instrumental ensembles.

During his teaching tenure, 36 years, he also taught physical science, swimming, computers, and journalism.

He now lives in Jacksonville, OR and is an active member of the National Association of Composers USA, Southern Oregon Chapter.


Winter’s Warmth

Release Date: April 14, 2017
Catalog Number: NV6091
21st Century
One of the central tenets of Albert Camus’ philosophy is the indomitability of the human spirit, a subject on which he famously mused that “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” This quote encapsulates the theme of WINTER’S WARMTH, Navona’s latest orchestral compilation featuring works from John A. Carollo, J.A. Kawarsky, Andrew Schultz, and R. Barry Ulrich. These composers present conceptual pieces that all act as soundtracks to our resiliency during the toughest moments of the human experience.