composer and conductor : : robert spittal
b. 1963. Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Conductor and composer of music for band, orchestra, chamber ensembles, and
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
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 served as
Director of Bands and led the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds from 1992-2018.
He now leads teh Creative Music Lab Ensemble and teaches conducting and music
theory, and mentors students in the undergraduate conducting minor. 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 Canada.