Robert Anton Strobel
Let's create meaningful, fun music together.
Have you ever found yourself frustrated by the quality of new music? Possibly, it was a badly engraved part, demands on instruments/voices that were impossible, or music that simply didn't appeal to you. Does new music seem like a charitable act instead of something that ought to be interesting?
This scenario is altogether familiar.
Robert Strobel seeks to create the music you want to hear and help create. He is capable of writing in almost any style. He can tell a story, can amuse, can provide something memorable, and can make you feel emotions.
Commissions he has received through time include a work for the Ladyslipper Ensemble, an LDS Barlow Commission for the Missouri Quintet, a Mizzou New Music Initiative-funded work for some string players of the St. Louis Symphony, [TriO], Columbia College, pianist Chad Spears, and Hollywood Hills High School, among others. He has also raised funding to write a work for the National Flute Orchestra of the UK, and a collaboration with Canadian poet Barbara Black on a work for baritone Harrison Hintzsche. In 2019, he undertook an artist residency at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, and won the Southwest American Prize in the electronic music category. He was also a finalist in the Orient/Occident orchestral competition where his recent orchestral work Life : Aaru was performed by the KLK Symphony Orchestra. In 2018, he won 3rd place in the Bruno Maderna International Composers Competition. That year, he was also at a workshop at the American Music Festival, and his music was played at the Electroacoustic Mini Fest, Aspen Composer's Conference, Art Song Lab, the Electroacoustic Barn Dance and the SCI National Conference. In 2017, his works were 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 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.” Recordings of his works can be found on Society of Composers, Inc. CD flare, and on the album Sn. Robert has been selected in call for scores such as Fifteen Minutes of Fame, the Daniel Blitz Recording Project, the Playground Ensemble’s Colorado Composers’ Concert, and the Miniature Month of May. His symphonic work From the Book of the Dead was a winner in the Missouri Orchestra Composers’ project (which was also funded by the Mizzou New Music Initiative). He also won the FSU sponsored Force Majeure Woodwind Quintet Competition. In 2016, his work Prairie Dog Rhapsody received a special mention at the Alfred Schnittke Composer's Forum and Competition. He has twice been a finalist in the ASCAP Morton Gould Awards. His music has been published by Holy Sheet Music, Aldebaran Editions in Italy, and Forton Music in the UK. Robert Strobel has a doctorate degree from Florida State University.