Robert Traugh is a Pittsburgh-based freelance composer and Adjunct Professor of Composition at Duquesne University. Rob has written for wind bands, jazz ensembles, chamber ensembles, dance as well as other commercial projects. Rob's music draws influence from an eclectic study of contemporary music, an appreciation of the natural world, and pervading undertones of jazz. He is currently actively engaged with commission projects. With a background spanning 12 years of service as a public school music teacher, his works have received acclaim as having artistic and pedagogical applicability in the modern ensemble curriculum. Most recently, Rob's music has been programmed for performances in the Arizona MEA Conference, Pennsylvania MEA Conference, Ohio MEA Conference, as well as the Music for All National Festival.

Rob holds an M.M. in Electronic Composition (2017) from the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University, where he studied theory and composition with Lynn Purse, Patrick Burke, and Joseph Willcox Jenkins. He completed a B.M. degree in Music Education at Youngstown State University (2006), where he studied music theory, score analysis, conducting, composition, and arranging with Till MacIvor Meyn, Stephen Gage, Michael Crist, and David Morgan.

Rob currently resides in Cranberry Township, PA, with his wife Bethany and children Gavan & Maia.


M.M., Duquesne University
B.M., Youngstown State University


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