robert e. thomas

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Research Interests
Composition, Music Technology, Music of Anton Webern, Layered Structures, Notation
Ph.D., Music Theory and Composition, 2004
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Dissertation: Composition with Layered Structures and Trio for Violin, Clarinet in A, and Marimba

Mus.M., Composition, 1996
Boston University, Boston, MA
Director's Award: Awarded by the Faculty, 1995

B.Mus., Composition, 1994
Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

Principal Teachers

Composition -- Charles Wuorinen, Lukas Foss
Theory -- Richard Chrisman (Schenkerian Analysis), Floyd K. Grave (History of Theory, Theory and Notation)
History -- Floyd Grave (Theory), John Daverio (19th century), Joel Sheveloff (18th century)
Conducting -- Theodore Antoniou, Bruce Pullan
Piano -- Ford Hill (Performance, Pedagogy), Sonja Hanke (Performance), Jeffrey Gilliam (Collaborative Piano)
Academic Teaching Experience
Courses Taught Theory, Ear Training / Sight Singing, Orchestration, Electronic Music and Composition, Music Technology, Applied Piano, Keyboard Harmony, Class Piano, Music Appreciation, Music of America, New Music Ensemble
The College of Saint Rose
Albany, NY
Visiting Assistant Professor; Adjunct Professor, 2011-present

Courses Taught: Music Theory III; Form and Analysis; Ear Training I, II, III, & IV; Orchestration; New Music Ensemble

Also: Founded, direct and perform with The College of Saint Rose New Music Ensemble; Created and maintain Soundcloud sites for Aural Skills exercises; Served on Judge's Panel for Orchestra Composition Competition; Assisted with auditions
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY
Adjunct Professor, 2015-present

Courses Taught: Ear Training II & III
Union College
Schenectady, NY
Studio Instructor, 2015-present

Courses Taught: Applied Piano
William Paterson University
Wayne, NJ
Adjunct Professor, 2005-2011

Courses Taught: Music Theory I, II, & III; Ear Training I, II, & III; Music Fundamentals
Burlington County College
Pemberton, NJ
Adjunct Professor, 2009-2011

Courses Taught: Introduction to Music (distance learning and traditional formats)
Seton Hall University
South Orange, NJ
Adjunct Assistant Professor, 2008

Courses Taught: Music of America
Raritan Valley Community College
Branchburg, NJ
Adjunct Assistant Professor, 2005-2008; Adjunct Instructor, 2002-2005

Courses Taught: Keyboard Skills I & II; Music Synthesis, Composition, and MIDI I & II; Introduction to Music; Music Technology Fundamentals and Applications

Also: Developed Music Technology Fundamentals course; Revised computer music curriculum; Maintained computer music lab (including hardware and software upgrades)
Westminster Choir College of Rider University
Princeton, NJ
Adjunct Assistant Professor, 2006-2007

Courses Taught: Musicianship III (Integrated Theory, Ear Training, and Keyboard Harmony); Contemporary Trends
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ
Teaching Assistant, 1999-2003

Teacher of Record: Introduction to Music Theory; Introduction to Music Analysis
Competitions and Commissions
James Ruggles: Commissioned to composed Meditation for violin and piano with premiere performance by James Ruggles at the Church of the Resurrection in Tulsa, OK (Performance 10/26/13).

Make Music New York: Selected with premiere performance of Quick Study by Nodes Performing Arts. Performed in New York City and Edinburgh, Scotland (Performances 06/21/13).

New Jersey Arts Collective Commission: Commissioned to compose U-142 for solo piano with premiere performance by Carl Patrick Bolleia at the Montclair Art Museum (Performance 05/24/12).

Manhattan New Music Project / Sequenza21 Call for Scores: Selected with performance of Sixteen Lines Circling a Square by the American Contemporary Music Ensemble at Joe's Public Theater in New York City (Performance 10/25/11). New York Times Review here.

Society for Chromatic Art: Selected with premiere performance of Sixteen Lines Circling a Square by Tony Oliver in New York City (Performance 06/06/06).
Conferences and Festivals
The Conductor's Institute at Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
      Composer-Conductor Program, 2006
      Conducted premiere performance of Tetractys
      Master Classes with Harold Farberman and Eduardo Navega

Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic Second Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA
      Session Chair, Twentieth Century Topics, 2004

June In Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, 2001
      Premiere performance of Quintet
      Master Classes with David Felder, Jonathan Golove, Michael Lasser, Cort Lippe, Eric Ona, and Jeffrey Stadelman

Music99, Cincinnati, OH, 1999
      Performance of Present Memories
      Master Classes with Milton Babbitt, William Bolcom, and George Crumb
Music Technology
Computer Notation -- SCORE, Sibelius, Finale, MuseScore
MIDI/DAW -- Cubase, Cakewalk, Master Tracks Pro
Digital Audio -- Audacity, WaveLab, SoundForge, GoldWave, Diamond Cut Audio Restoration Tools
Computer Music -- CSound, Reason
Recording -- Live recording, sampling, analog-to-digital transfer, audio restoration
Copyist Work Using Score, Sibelius, Finale and MuseScore music engraving software. Projects include work for Oxford University Press (Richard Taruskin's The Oxford History of Western Music) and preparation of works by Charles Wuorinen (Haroun and the Sea of Stories, for the premiere performance by the New York City Opera), John Heiss, Julie Rohwein, and Christian Carey.
Essentials of Notation, In Progress A book intended mainly for undergraduate music majors but designed to be usable by anyone with an interest in learning how to correctly notate music
Mastered LCNL 05: Sequenza21 Mix
Mastered File Under ? December 2012 Mix
Mastered and Tracked File Under ? February 2013 Mix
Mastered Gilgamesh Suite EP
Edited and Mastered loadbang's recording of Christian Carey's Prayer
The College of Saint Rose New Music Ensemble – The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY
Music Director – Christ Presbyterian Church, Martinsville, NJ
Organist – East Brunswick Congregational Church, East Brunswick, NJ
Music Director – St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Rahway, NJ
Music Director – St. Francis Episcopal Church, Dunellen, NJ
Music Director – Forum Theatre Arts Center, Metuchen, NJ