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

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

MUEN 009 College-Community Orchestra
May Not Be Audited.

MUAC 231 Counterpoint
Permission of Instructor Required

MUAC 331 Int Composition Lessons
Permission of Instructor Required

MUAC 345 Analytical Theory
Drawing on analytical skills and experience gained in Music Theory (MUAC 125 – 246), students will read major music-theoretical literature from the Renaissance to the present day and will write analyses in which they apply the theories they have read. Students will also develop the ability to postulate and apply original theories of music.Prerequisite: 246.

MUAC 431 Advanced Composition Lessons
Permission of Instructor Required

MUAC 435 Comp Studies II:Portfolio/Proj
Permission of Instructor Required

Spring 2017

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
Permission of Instructor Required

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 Music Theory IV, with lab
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 332 Interm Composition Lessons
Permission of Instructor Required

MUAC 334 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: 333.

MUAC 336 Comp Studies I: Orchestration
Permission of Instructor Required

MUAC 432 Advanced Composition Lessons
Permission of Instructor Required

MUAC 436 Comp Studies II:Portfolio/Proj
Permission of Instructor Required

MUAC 493 SR Sem in Analytical Theory
Permission of Instructor Required

MUAC 495 SR Sem in Music History/Theory
Permission of Instructor Required