April 17, 2019
We had an amazing show this evening! “All For Not - An Interdisciplinary Performance Featuring Music NOT Written for Trombone” on April 17, 2019. Featuring collaborative pianist, Dr. Jiwon Choi, and Visual Art faculty, Dr. Michael Faris. Special guest, Madeline Langenfeld, joined us for some improvisational dance on our performance of Spiegel im Spiegel by Arvo Pärt, while Dr. Faris painted an original work in real time on stage. The painting was later auctioned off to benefit art scholarships at Northwest.
April 8, 2019
The Spring Concert for the Northwest Symphony Orchestra conducted by me, and the Northwest Symphonic Band - conducted by Dr. Katy Strickland. The Symphonic Band had two student conductors - Benoit Gauthier and Jonah Bradford (both tuba students of mine!), and had a wonderful performance! The Symphony Orchestra featured faculty artists Dr. William Richardson, trumpet, and Mr. Joseph Tomasso, english horn on Quiet City by Aaron Copland. Later on the program, the winner of the 2019 Northwest Concerto / Aria Contest, tenor Mitchell Martinez had a fantastic performance of an aria from Rita by Gaetano Donizetti. The finale of the concert was the Symphony performing the first concert suite from Carmen by Georges Bizet.
February 12, 2019
“A Musical Celebration of Diversity.” This evening, the Northwest Symphony Orchestra had a fantastic performance with special guests - Violinist Extraordinaire, Richmond Punch, and Kansas City Jazz Pianist, Charles Williams. This performance was made possible by a collaboration with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Northwest Missouri State University, and was included in the official events celebrating Black History Month. Mr. Punch and Mr. Williams performed a few selections with piano, electric violin, and a backing track. The Northwest Symphony then accompanied Mr. Punch on a version of “Unforgettable”, made famous by Nat King Cole. The finale of the concert was a full symphony performance of the first and fourth movements of the Afro American Symphony by William Grant Still, including a slide show of Harlem Renaissance artwork prepared by Northwest Visual Art faculty Dr. Michael Faris. Also featured on the concert was Joan Tower’s groundbreaking work, Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, looking forward to March, which is Women’s History Month.
November 11, 2018
Join the Northwest Symphony Orchestra at 3:00 p.m. in the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building on the Northwest Missouri State University campus for “A Veteran’s Day Celebration.” Featured will be the Armed Forces Salute arranged by Bob Lowden, where we will honor veterans and active duty military. We will perform Curtain In The Sky by award-winning Northwest alum Robert Langenfeld, Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland, Suite Française by Guy Woolfenden, Symphony No. 2 in C Major by Joseph Haydn, and finish with Marche Hongroise by Hector Berlioz. Special guest student conductor, Kim Shriver will begin the concert with a special arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner. Come out and support our veterans, and enjoy a wonderful concert. Small reception to follow!
December 9, 2017
I will be conducting the Northwest Missouri Region District Honor Concert Band in Platte City, Missouri. I am honored to be invited to conduct, and I can't wait to work with these talented students and band directors. We will be performing "The Fairest of the Fair" by John Philip Sousa, "An American Elegy" by Frank Ticheli, and three selections from "Lincolnshire Posey" by Percy Aldridge Grainger, arranged by Michael Sweeney - "Lisbon", "Horkstow Grange", and "The Lost Lady Found". It is going to be a wonderful day of music making!
November 14-17, 2017
I have been invited to visit the University of Idaho, in Moscow, Idaho, to do some conducting and present a clinic or two! I am excited to visit Idaho for the first time, and it will be great to work with the students at faculty! Thank you to Dr. Jason Johnston, for the invitation!
February 1, 2017
I am so excited to be bringing a special guest artist to the campus of Northwest Missouri State University! Jason Johnston, Assistant Professor of Horn at the University of Idaho, will join us for the day to work with our brass students, and to participate in a collaborative clinic "Professional Auditions: Strategies for Success!". This clinic will include a mock blind audition featuring Northwest brass students, and an audition committee consisting of Dr. William Richardson, Professor of Trumpet, Jazz Studies, and Assistant Chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Dr. Elizabeth Dunning, Adjunct Professor of Horn, as well as Jason Johnston and myself. Auditioning students will experience an authentic audition atmosphere, while the rest of the brass studio will get a real "hands-on, behind-the-scenes" look into what an audition committee expects. Students will learn strategies on how to best prepare and present your playing to get to the next round from faculty who have spent many hours on professional orchestra audition committees!
Guest Artist Faculty Recital. 7:30pm, Charles Johnson Theatre at Northwest: Jason Johnston - Horn with Dr. Roger McVey - Piano; Robert Pippin - Trombone with Dr. Jiwon Choi - Piano; and special guest faculty and students for a finale of brass and percussion! It will be an amazing night of music!
275 Conference Band. What a great time! We had about 180 band musicians from 15 schools in the area gather together for a day of excellent music making. It was truly an honor to be asked to conduct this band, and to be able to enjoy making music with so many great musicians! There is wonderful teaching going on in the public schools of northwest Missouri!
Atchison County Band Day! I had a WONDERFUL time conducting these fine young musicians! Congratulations to the students, directors, and parents, for making this event a success. You made me feel welcome, and continued this long tradition of an excellent event! Thank you for inviting me to conduct!
Sunday, October 25, 2015 3:00pm
Northwest Missouri State University, Charles Johnson Theatre. I am honored to be performing "Capriccio" by Frank Gulino with the Northwest Missouri State University Wind Symphony. This is a beautiful, newer work for solo trombone and band. Come out and enjoy an evening of excellent band music!
2018 News! In May 2018, I completed all the requirements for the Doctorate in Wind Conducting from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. I will officially graduate in May 2019. Also, for the 2018-2019 school year, I am excited to be conducting the University Orchestra at Northwest Missouri State University.
Conducting Workshop. On Tuesday, October 20th, 2015, I was invited to teach a conducting workshop for the NAfME chapter at Northwest Missouri State University. It was so much fun, and the students were very responsive! Continuing to edit this clinic to hopefully present at a music educators conference near you!
Northwest Missouri State University! In the summer of 2015, I was appointed Lecturer of Low Brass and Music Education at Northwest, and in January of 2016, I am honored to announce I have accepted the Assistant Professor rank of the same position. This is a great university in Maryville, MO, with an excellent music program. I am excited to be teaching applied lessons for low brass students, conducing, brass methods, composition and arranging, directing the Studio Jazz Ensemble, and conducting the String Sectional for the University Symphony. I am honored to join the faculty of this amazing school!
Kickstarter a success! Thank you to all the backers of my Kickstarter campaign to raise money to bring our guest soloist to Baltimore for my final conducting concert. Together, you raised over $1,500! This money provided travel and meals for our soloist, and some great snacks for the musicians who volunteered to perform in the band. Thank you!!
Rob's Final Peabody Concert features music that has been transcribed or arranged for band from some other format. We will be premiering my arrangement of the third movement of Symphony 1 in D minor, "The Titan" by Gustav Mahler for band. The concert is FREE, and I promise it will be a good time!!
Iroquois Band Clinic, Friday, April 17. I had the honor of conducting a band clinic with the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble from the Iroquois High School band. They were on their spring trip to Washington D.C. and had time to stop by JHU for a great clinic. What amazing students! They were very talented, attentive, and looked like they had a good time. Congratulations to John Iocco, director, for building such an excellent group of music students!