Robert Pippin is Assistant Professor of Low Brass and Music Education at Northwest Missouri State University, in Maryville, Missouri where he conducts the University Symphony Orchestra, teaches the low brass studio, conducting, music education courses, and directed the Studio Jazz Ensemble from 2016-2018. Immediately prior to his appointment to Northwest, he was Director of The Johns Hopkins University Wind Ensemble, assistant conductor for the Peabody Wind Ensemble, and the teacher of record for Basic Conducting courses, while pursuing his degree at the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University.
Before attending Peabody, Robert was Director of Bands at Thompson Valley High School in Loveland, Colorado, where he developed a comprehensive band curriculum with a strong tradition of excellence in all aspects of the program including concert bands, jazz ensembles, athletic bands, and chamber music. In addition to teaching, Robert was an active performer in Colorado and Wyoming, playing trombone as a tenured member of the Fort Collins Symphony, and as a freelance artist regularly performing classical, jazz and chamber music.
Robert completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Band Conducting at the Peabody Conservatory, studying with Dr. Harlan Parker. While in residency at Peabody, he held the Graduate Assistantship in Wind Conducting, and the Graduate Assistantship in Music Education. Robert received the Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Conducting degrees from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Robert studied conducting with Dr. J. Steven Moore, Wilfred Schwartz, and Dr. Michael Schaff, and studied low brass with Dr. Robert Brewer.
In recent years, Robert has been a performer, adjudicator, and clinician with bands, orchestras, and jazz ensembles in Colorado, Missouri, Maryland, and Idaho, as well as presenting a rehearsal clinic at the Colorado Bandmasters Association convention.