Robert has been involved in music ministry for over three decades. He began his career as director of music and organist in Cincinnati, OH, serving several churches, including Kennedy Heights Presbyterian for 12 years, where as music director he was choir director and conductor of all hand bell, youth and children's choirs. After moving to Baltimore he became director of music and organist, again serving with full duties at Linden Heights United Methodist Church. He held this post for 11 years and has also served First Christian Church and St. Andrew’s Christian Community in Baltimore. Robert has been organist at First Presbyterian Church, Annapolis for 9 years and music director for 3 years.
He has been on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore for 16 years, where he is a vocal coach, working privately with voice majors, and teaching classes in vocal literature.
Over the course of his career, Robert has been active in the operatic field as a repetiteur, vocal coach, chorus master and conductor. Opera companies include, Glimmerglass, Wolf Trap, Cincinnati, Lake George, Nashville, and West Virginia Opera.
Another substantial area of his performing career has been in orchestral repertoire and chamber music. He was the principal keyboard artist (piano, organ, harpsichord and celeste) for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops. With the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops he has 30 recordings on the Telarc label to his credit. He was a featured artist on The Sound of Music, and Chiller compact discs. Other recordings include Dominick Argento's A Waterbird Talk, and Miss Havisham's Wedding Night and The Rogue and the Romantic. Robert's work in chamber music includes performances with the Pentaura Quintet, (Charleston, WV) and the Cincinnati Baroque Ensemble.
He holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, of the University of Cincinnati, a Masters and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Ensemble Arts, from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He is a frequent collaborator in both vocal and instrumental chamber music. He has been a keyboard artist for several musicals at the Kennedy Center including, Titanic, Cinderella, Bells are Ringing, and James Joyce’s The Dead.
Robert has a long and fulfilling musical career. Highlights of his career include numerous performances at Carnegie Hall, a Far East Tour, and featured soloist in Saint-Saens' Organ Symphony, with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops; Hawaiian tour with world renowned baritone, John Shirley-Quirk; and work with notable conductors including Robert Shaw, James Levine, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, and Max Rudolf. A recent highlight includes two summers in the beautiful city of Mozart's birth, Salzburg, Austria, teaching on the music faculty for the University of Miami, Frost School of Music vocal program.