Duluth News Tribune 12/4/15 (Handel’s Messiah, with the DSSO Chorus and Orchestra): “Chorus master Richard Robbins had his biggest impact on the evening…. The way the chorus sang…was surprisingly powerful, giving the familiar words new vitality.”
Houston Chronicle 3/19/09 (Martinu’s Field Mass, with the Houston Ballet): “[The] men’s chorus prepared by Richard Robbins sang with moving tenacity.”
A complete CV is available upon request. CV Highlights:
- University of Houston (MM, 2006, DMA 2010. GPA: 4.00): choral conducting with a secondary concentration in music history. Dissertation: A 1629 Vespers by Leandro Gallerano: A Musical and Liturgical Consideration, with Critical Edition and Commentary
- Florida State University (BME, 1999. GPA: 3.93): music education with a minor in psychology, summa cum laude with liberal studies honors
- University of Minnesota Duluth (Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music, tenure-track). 2017-present. Ensembles: University Singers, Chamber Singers. Other courses: choral conducting, ear training.
- University of Wisconsin-Superior (Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music, tenure-track) 2014-2017. Ensembles: A Cappella Choir, Chamber Choir, Men’s & Women’s Ensembles. Administrative appointment: Associate department chair. Other courses: conducting, conducting practicum, advanced ear training, choral techniques for the secondary school, choral literature, 16th and 18th century counterpoint, student teaching supervisor. Organizer of Chorfest, an annual choral festival featuring nationally-recognized guest conductors and over 150 high school students from Minnesota, Wisconsin & Michigan.
- University of Houston (Director and Instructor of Record of University Men’s Chorus & Concert Women’s Chorus) 2004-2009. Invited performance at Texas Collegiate Women’s Chorus Festival (Austin, TX). Assisted in all aspects of the choral program. Increased enrollment in ensembles under my direction. Prepared multiple opera choruses and served as assistant director of Moores School Concert Chorale, Collegium Musicum, and Choral Artists. Designed uhchoirs.org website
Public School Teaching
- High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (Houston, TX) 2010-2014. Choir director, solo voice instructor, musical director. Teacher of the Year (2013). Nominated for Best Music Director, Best Orchestra, Tommy Tune Awards (2013). Member, Campus-wide Strategic Decision Making Committee. Member, Project Advisory Team for planned $84 million downtown campus. Invited performances with Houston Symphony, visiting classical musicians (Chanticleer) and popular music groups through the Grammy foundation. Performance of Distinction, San Antonio Madrigal Festival (2013). National performing tours to St. Louis and New Orleans. 1st place and 2nd place, Texas Early Music Festival (2012, 2013).
- South Houston High School 1999-2004. Associate choir director. Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (2001, 2003, 2004). 2nd Place, San Antonio Madrigal Festival (2003). 13 UIL Sweepstakes awards.
Related Employment and Conducting
- Chorus master, Duluth Superior Symphony Chorus (2014-present)
- Festival conductor, American Federation Pueri Cantores (2013-present)
- Associate director, Houston Symphony Chorus (2006-2008, 53 performances)
- Over 20 years of professional church music experience, as a conductor, music and liturgy director, and singer, most recently as choir director of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Houston, TX
- Music director for numerous Broadway-style productions (nominated for best orchestra and best music direction, 2013 Tommy Tune Awards). Chorus master for opera productions
- The complete first cursus of the 1629 Vespers of Leandro Gallerano is available in 6 publications by Prima la Musica Press (GAL101-GAL106, 2014) available here
- Invited conductor for elementary, middle school, and high school choral festivals in Texas, Alabama, Florida, Illinois, and California
- Invited chorus preparation for Houston Ballet (Martinu, Field Mass) and Houston Symphony family concert series
- Led workshops for dozens of elementary, middle school, and high school choirs
For a complete CV with programs and references, contact Richard Robbins at rwrobbins (at) gmail (dot) com
Photo credit: Marcus White