Location: New Hampshire, USA
Robert Duff is Associate Professor of the Practice of Choral Music at Brandeis University, and the conductor of the Handel Society of Dartmouth College. He also teaches conducting and oversees the vocal program at Brandeis University.
Robert ha served on the faculties of Pomona College, Claremont Graduate University and Mount St. Mary’s College. He also held the post of Director of Music for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Earning degrees at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (B.M.), Temple University (M.A.) and the University of Southern California (D.M.A.), Duff studied conducting with WayneAbercrombie, Alan Harler, Lynn Bielefelt and William Dehning. He has taught all age groups in both public and private schools and serves as adjudicator and clinician for vocal and choral competitions, workshops and festivals.
An active commissioner of new music, Duff has conducted several world premieres of choral and orchestral works. In 2006-07 Duff commissioned and conducted the world premiere, of Fire and Ice by composer Andrea Clearfield, an oratorio set to the poetry of Robert Frost. Recent commissions have included Requiem for the Fallen by Jonathan Neshloff (co-commissioned with the Handel Choir of Baltimore), Divine Cecilia by Daniel Brewbake, and Coming Home by Oliver Caplan.
Choirs under Duff’s direction have performed throughout the United States and in Europe. He has also prepared choruses for renowned
conductors, including, most recently, Helmuth Rilling.
Duff serves as Vice President of the Eastern Division of the American Choral Directors Association. He is a member of the American Musicological Society, Choral Conductors Guild, Chorus America, the College Music Society, Music Educator’s National Conference, Kappa Phi Honor Society and Pi Kappa Lambda Music Society.