Faculty Profile

Robert Pound

Professor of Music (1998)

Contact Information

pound@dickinson.edu

Weiss Center for the Arts Room 206
717.245.1332
http://www.robertwpound.com

Bio

Composer and conductor Robert Pound teaches courses in theory, composition, and conducting. He is Director of the Dickinson Orchestra. Pound’s numerous compositions include orchestral works for the Atlanta Symphony and the Columbus (GA) Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus. He has received commissions from such distinguished ensembles as the Corigliano Quartet, the Timaeus Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, and the Florestan Recital Project. Pound has also written music for professional stage productions, including Eurydice, Moby Dick Rehearsed, Oedipus at Colonus, André Gregory’s Bone Songs and Strindberg’s The Dance of Death. In March 2002, Pound was Composer in Residence at Columbus State University. He was guest composer and lecturer at the University of North Texas in April 2010. Pound has guest conducted with Verge (the performing ensemble of the Contemporary Music Forum, Washington, DC) with whom he performed at the June in Buffalo Festival in 2009. He was Music Director of the West Shore Symphony Orchestra (New Cumberland, PA) from 2000 to 2002. As a Fellow at Tanglewood Music Center in the summer of 2003, he participated in master classes with Robert Spano, Christoph von Dohnányi and Kurt Masur and conducted Peter Lieberson’s Razing the Gaze in Seiji Ozawa Hall as part of the Festival of Contemporary Music.

Education

  • B.M., University of North Texas, 1992
  • M.M., The Juilliard School, 1994
  • D.M.A., 1998

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

MUEN 009 College-Community Orchestra
May Not Be Audited.

MUAC 125 Theory of Music I
An introduction to the basic materials of music by means of discussion, analysis, and written exercises, with a complementary lab component comprising practice in sight singing, ear training, and keyboard harmony.Course includes a one-hour lab each week. Prerequisite: 115, placement exam, or permission of the instructor. Offered every fall semester.

MUAC 255 Techniques of Composition
Permission of Instructor Required.

MUAC 491 Senior Seminar in Composition
Permission of Instructor Required.

MUAC 500 Independent Study

Spring 2016

MUEN 009 College-Community Orchestra
May Not Be Audited.

MUAC 131 Intro to Art of Composition
So you think the art of composing epic symphonies died with guys like Mozart, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky? You think you need to wear a wig and be dead to compose great music? Think again! All around us, in concert halls, community centers, schools, private and public galleries, in large cities, small towns and even in isolated, rural settings, new music in the great Classical tradition is being performed and heard, music created by living composers, music of recent and current generations, your generation no less, music by people you may meet or already know. And you, too, can learn to develop a sophisticated, articulate musical voice of your life and times. Think: Symphony for the 21st century. In this one-semester, half-credit course, students learn about the living art and discipline of music composition through lectures on its history and current practice, listening assignments, and incremental composition exercises resulting in completed, small-scale works. Students will learn how the elements of sound comprise tools for conveying artistic expression, order, and meaning. Prerequisite: Ability to read music in both treble and bass clefs.

MUAC 134 Composers' Forum
All around us, in concert halls, community centers, schools, private and public galleries, in large cities, small towns and even in isolated, rural settings, new music is being performed and heard, music created by living composers in the venerable tradition of composers such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky. You may never have heard such music, as it is a small fraction of programming on mainstream media. Nevertheless, this amazingly diverse repertoire passionately voices and reflects contemporary life, experience, and society. This is music of recent and current generations, your generation no less, music by people you may meet or already know. This half-credit course offered each semester explores such music, recent and contemporary (20th- and 21st-century) compositions and composers in the Western art-music tradition. Students will become acquainted with a wide variety of styles, will gain deeper understanding of the elements of sound as tools for artistic creation, and will hone analytical listening skills.

MUAC 232 Counterpoint
A two-semester, one-credit course in 16th- and 18th-century contrapuntal rules, styles, and genres taught in one-on one lessons. May be taken out of sequence. Two semesters, 0.5 credit each semester. Prerequisite: MUAC 115 or 125 or substantial evidence of previous compositional experience, advanced theory placement by exam (e.g. into MUAC 126, 245 or 246) and permission of instructor.

MUAC 234 Composers' Forum
All around us, in concert halls, community centers, schools, private and public galleries, in large cities, small towns and even in isolated, rural settings, new music is being performed and heard, music created by living composers in the venerable tradition of composers such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky. You may never have heard such music, as it is a small fraction of programming on mainstream media. Nevertheless, this amazingly diverse repertoire passionately voices and reflects contemporary life, experience, and society. This is music of recent and current generations, your generation no less, music by people you may meet or already know. This half-credit course offered each semester explores such music, recent and contemporary (20th- and 21st-century) compositions and composers in the Western art-music tradition. Students will become acquainted with a wide variety of styles, will gain deeper understanding of the elements of sound as tools for artistic creation, and will hone analytical listening skills.Prerequisite: 233.

MUAC 246 Theory of Music II
A continuation of MUAC 126, this course focuses on the evolution of chromatic harmony through the 19th century and selected techniques in 20th century music. Increased emphasis is placed upon formal analysis and analytical writing. Advanced skills of ear-training, sight-singing, and keyboard harmony will be developed in the complementary lab component.These courses include two forty-five minute labs per week.Prerequisite: 126, placement exam or permission of the instructor. Offered every spring semester.

MUAC 336 Comp Studies I: Orchestration
Drawing on the experience gained in MUAC 231/232, students will learn the complexities, challenges, and best practices in composing for all standard, Western, acoustic instruments. Students will arrange works by other composers for instrumental combinations and will also create original works for large chamber ensembles of mixed instrumentation. When possible, the works will be read and/or performed and recorded. Two semesters, 0.5 credit each semester. Prerequisite: MUAC 246, 231, 232, 233, 234 and permission of instructor.

MUAC 432 Advanced Composition Lessons
Drawing on the experience gained in MUAC 331/332 and/or 335/336, students will be guided in one-on-one lessons to compose original works of broader scope for chamber ensembles. Students will develop increasingly sophisticated and original solutions to compositional problems and challenges. When possible, the works will be read and/or performed and recorded. Prerequisite: MUAC 246 and 331 or 332 or 335 or 336, and 333 or 334, and permission of instructor.

MUAC 436 Comp Studies II:Portfolio/Proj
Drawing on the experience gained in MUAC 335/336, students will compose a substantial work for large ensemble (orchestra, band, choir). Students will also revise and refine works created earlier in their previous composition courses to achieve a polished portfolio of works for a variety of instruments, ensembles, and media. When possible and at the discretion of the professor and the director of the relevant ensemble(s), the work will be read, recorded, and possibly performed. Students will write a substantial essay on their composition process, their aesthetic outlook, and their creative goals for their compositions. This essay will form the basis of a 12-minute presentation on the annual Music Majors’ Colloquium. Two semesters, 0.5 credit each semester. Prerequisite: MUAC 333 or 334, and 335 or 336, and permission of instructor.