Robert CameronProfessor and Director of Bands Emeritus
Mary Pappert School of Music
Education:D.M.A., University of Maryland
M.M., University of Michigan
B.M., University of Miami
Dr. Robert Cameron retired in 2021 from his position of Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University where he conducted the Wind Symphony, taught conducting, and guided the wind band program. His degrees are from the Universities of Miami, Michigan, and Maryland where he studied with Frederick Fennell, H. Robert Reynolds, and Arnald Gabriel. During his tenure at Duquesne, he was responsible for having brought the wind band program into a position of high national visibility by recruiting internationally known faculty to the wind program. Under his leadership, the Wind Symphony attained many "firsts," including invitations to perform for the CBDNA (College Band Director's National Association) National Convention in Kansas City, the MENC National Convention in Washington, D.C., and numerous divisional conferences of each as well. The ensemble has hosted an impressive list of Pulitzer Prize and Emmy Award-winning composers. Among them are Vincent Persichetti, Norman Dello Joio, Morten Gould and Karel Husa, David Maslanka, Jennifer Higdon, and many others. World-renowned guest artists who have appeared with the Wind Symphony include Allen Vizzutti, Donald Sinta, Brian Bowman, James Houlik, Ian Finkel, Vivica Genaux, and countless others. The Wind Symphony has also appeared at International Poetry Forums as well, including a March 2000 collaboration with Hollywood celebrities, James Earl Jones and Brooke Shields. In addition, the Duquesne Wind Symphony was the first group of its kind ever to be reviewed and praised by Rolling Stone Magazine for a 2001 collaboration with singer Lucinda Williams, and in April 2003 the Wind Symphony made its Carnegie Hall Debut in New York City, yet another first for Duquesne University. In 2009, the Wind Symphony released a compact disc recording of wind music by Duquesne Composers and arrangers entitled The Winds of Summer.
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.