b. 1963. Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Conductor and composer of music for band, orchestra, chamber ensembles, and musical
Robert's music has been described as "inventive" , "clever" and "full of musicality" by critics
and musicians. His works have been commissioned and performed by some of the finest
professional and academic musicians in North America, Europe, South America and Asia,
including The Bay Brass, Borealis Wind Quintet, Atlanta Chamber Winds, and North Texas
Wind Symphony, and his works have been performed in concert halls in New York,
Bangkok, Vienna, Cologne, Milan, as well as Interlochen, the "Music for All" Honor Band of
America, the WASBE international conference, the American Bandmasters Association
conference, the National Flute Association conference, the Midwest Clinic, ASBDA,
numerous All-State bands, and the CBDNA Western/Northwestern Conference. Three of
his works are included in GIA's "Teaching Music" series, two of which were recorded by the
North Texas Wind Symphony for the series.
Robert's work frequently combine sophisticated art music forms and techniques with a
non-patronizing sensitivity toward audience accessibility. This duality - the musician's
concern for aesthetic sophistication and artistic integrity, and for communicating more
openly and directly to a listener - has been developing since his adolescent years as a
serious flute student in the Cleveland Institute of Music's Prep progam, and a free-lance
saxophonist in horn sections of jazz, r&b and other dance bands.
Robert Spittal is Professor of Music at Gonzaga University (USA), where he conducts wind
ensembles and teaches music theory. Spittal received a Doctor of Musical Arts in
conducting from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied with
Eugene Corporon. Prior to CCM, he studied with Michael Haithcock (Baylor University, MM,
1990) and Craig Kirchhoff (BME, Ohio State University, 1985). He has also studied
conducting with Frank Battisti and H. Robert Reynolds.
Robert is the conductor of the professional brass ensemble Clarion, and he has led
performances by the Spokane Symphony, Spokane British Brass Band, Mosaic Chamber
Ensemble, and numerous collegiate and high school bands and orchestras in the US and