Robert Hansbrough

Wind Ensemble Conductor, Coordinator of Winds and Percussion

Degrees

Ph.DMusic Education/ConductingFlorida State University
MMEMusic Education/ConductingFlorida State University
B.S.Music Education K-12University of South Florida

Professional Experience

Dr. Robert S. Hansbrough is currently Professor of Music and Coordinator of Winds and Percussion at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, where he has served since 1999. In April 2018, he was presented with “A Distinguished Alumni Award” from The School of Music at The University of South Florida.

From 2004-2014 he served consecutively as Interim Department Chair, Assistant Department Chair and during the last four years as Music Department Chair. He was the Founder of The Saint Rose Summer Youth Music (SrSYM) program for which he served as Director for its first five years. Further, he was the Inaugural Director of The College of Saint Rose Pre-College Experience program.

He is the co-author of “Music for Concert Band”, a selected wind band literature textbook published by Meredith Music Publications in February 2014. His teaching responsibilities include conducting the wind ensemble and chamber winds as well as courses in music education, instrumental conducting and wind band literature. Further, he conducts The Empire State Youth Wind Orchestra (2001-present) and The Faculty Camerata Chamber Orchestra.

He earned a BA in Music Education from The University of South Florida and the Masters and PhD in Music Education with a concentration in wind band conducting from The Florida State University. Prior to The Saint Rose appointment, he served for four years on the faculty of Western Kentucky University as Associate Director of Bands and Director of the “Big Red” marching band. During this appointment, he was selected by the Kentucky District Music Educators Association as “University Teacher of The Year.”

He taught for fifteen years in the Florida Public school systems. For twelve years, he was Director of Bands at Lincoln HS in Tallahassee where his bands consistently earned “Superior” ratings at The FBA District and State Festival Evaluations and performed at various invitational conferences. While at LHS, he was selected as The ASBDA Stanbury Award winner (recognizing excellence in young band directors) for The State of Florida, The Southeast Region and a National Finalist. During the last seven years in Tallahassee he served as the Coordinator of Instrumental Music for Leon County’s 37 public schools.

Dr. Hansbrough has conducted honor bands throughout The United States and Eastern and Western Europe and has adjudicated bands and orchestras from 26 states, Canada, Mexico and Hungary. He has served on the National Band Association Board of Directors as the Eastern Division Chair. His articles and research have been published in several professional journals including The NBA Journal, The School Music News, The NYSBDA Newsletter, The Bluegrass News, The Florida Director, Eastern European WASBE Journal and The State Department of Florida. Additionally, he has presented clinics and workshops throughout The USA and Europe. Recently, he was a Presenter at the 2018 Eastern CBDNA Conference at Yale University and The Eastern European International WASBE Conference in Mako, Hungary.

The College of Saint Rose Wind Ensemble was selected to perform at the 2016 New York State School Music Association’s State (NAFME affiliate) Conference in December, 2016 and The Empire State Youth Wind Orchestra was selected to perform at the 2018 International WASBE Conference, August 2018 in Mako, Hungary. His Dissertation, “A History of The Florida School Band Movement 1922-1995” has been cited by several publications and is in high demand for historical research in pivotal music education. He holds professional memberships in NAFME, NYSBDA, NYSSMA, NBA, CBDNA, WASBE, Phi Mu Alpha, Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Beta Mu and is Lifetime Member of The Florida Bandmasters Association.

Teaching Interests

My areas of expertise are in instrumental conducting, literature research, conducting and music pedagogy methodology. I believe in positive reinforcement as part of a skill set for teaching music in an accurate 3:1 ratio. I believe that most students expect you to be honest with them in assessing their performance in a direct yet encouraging manner.

Throughout my teaching career, I have proffered that musicianship should be the foundation for any music career. Music is a performing art, and the mediums of performance, composition, improvisation, digital replication, and teaching must be practiced-based and channeled through a high quality of musicianship. It is important for student ensembles to experience the best literature written for their collective instruments at the highest possible performance standards.

Research/Creative Works

I have presented wind band literature, conducting clinics and workshops throughout the United States and Eastern and Western Europe. My articles and research have been published in several professional journals including The NBA Journal, The School Music News, The NYSBDA Newsletter, The Bluegrass News and The Florida Director, and The State Department of Florida.

I hold professional memberships in NAFME, NYSBDA, NYSSMA, NBA, CBDNA, The New York State Association of College Music Programs, Phi Mu Alpha, Pi Kappa Lambda (Honors), Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Beta Mu, and am Lifetime Member of The Florida Bandmasters Association. In 2014, I co-authored the second edition of, “Music For Concert Band: A Selected Annotated Guide for Wind Band Literature,” which is published by Meredith Music Publications. I am currently a certified adjudicator for major music organizations in New York and Florida and have served as a clinician/adjudicator for “Festivals of Music” since 1995.