Composer, Writer, Educator
...composes art music in a variety of mediums. Recently, he undertook an artist residency at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts. In 2018, he won third place in the Bruno Maderna International Composers Competition. The same year, his music was also played at Art Song Lab, Aspen Composers Conference, the Electroacoustic Barn Dance, and the SCI National Conference. In 2017, his music was played or performed at the Source Song Festival, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the New Music Festival and University of Nebraska-Kearney, the TUTTI Festival, and the SCI Region VI conference. His work Prairie Dog Rhapsody received a special mention at the Alfred Schnittke Composer's Forum and Competition and as a result was published by Aldebaran Editions. His music has been broadcast on WPRB Princeton in Marvin Rosen’s 25-hour new music marathon, and on Hawaii Public Radio, in the program “Singing and Other Sins.” The commissions he has received include the LDS Barlow Commission and Mizzou New Music Initiative-funded work for some string players of the St. Louis Symphony, among others. His symphonic work From the Book of the Dead was a winner in the Missouri Orchestra Composer's project, which was also funded by the Mizzou New Music Initiative. The recording of Refugees was selected for the SCI CD Series vol. 32. Robert has a doctorate degree in composition from Florida State University, as well as degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia (MM Composition), and the University of Northern Colorado (MM Oboe Performance, BM Composition and Oboe Performance).