Robert CameronDirector of Bands; Professor; Conductor, Wind Symphony and Symphony Band
Mary Pappert School of Music
School of Music 320
Education:D.M.A., Conducting, University of Maryland, 1985
M.M., Music Education, University of Michigan, 1976
B.M., Music Education, University of Miami, 1975
Prior to his arrival at Duquesne in 1985, Dr. Cameron held a similar position at St. Mary's College of Maryland where he personally developed a widely recognized college wind program "from scratch." During his third year at St. Mary's College of Maryland, the SMC Wind Ensemble was selected to perform with the Eastman and Netherlands Wind Ensembles at the Eastern Division CBDNA Convention and also chosen to appear at the MENC Eastern Division Conference held in Boston. Dr. Cameron's early teaching experience was in the public schools of Texas and Maryland where his ensembles were awarded Texas Sweepstakes and received superior medals at the Bermuda and Ottawa International Music Festivals. He continues to maintain an active interest in public school music, frequently appearing at regional and state festivals. In 1994, he was guest conductor for the Ark-La-Tex Tri-State Band Festival. In 1990 and 1992, he conducted the Royal Thai Army Band and Symphony Orchestra in nationally televised broadcasts, and in 2009, he returned to Thailand twice to conduct The Mahidol University Wind Symphony and to serve as an adjudicator for the Thailand International Wind Ensemble Competition. Dr. Cameron's popular setting of Franz Biebl's Ave Maria was voted one of the best band publications of the 20th century by Band World Magazine. He is a contributing author to Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Volume III, published by G.I.A. Dr. Cameron is also founder and Director of Duquesne's Art of Wind Ensemble/Band Conducting Symposium, which for 20 seasons drew high school, college and military band conductors from throughout the United States, Ireland and Singapore. His former students hold prominent collegiate and orchestral positions and occupy chairs in all four branches of the Washington,D.C.-based military bands, the West Point Band, and numerous service bands throughout America. In 2010, Dr. Cameron celebrated his Silver Anniversary with the Duquesne University Wind Symphony with a gala concert featuring nine former students all of whom now hold university conducting positions.