Dr. Robert Page
Paul Mellon University Professor of Music Emeritus
Robert Page is the Paul Mellon University Professor of Music Emeritus in the School of Music. In addition to his work with the choirs, Page is the coordinator of the opera program, supervising the music preparation and occasionally conducting performances. Prior to joining the CMU faculty, Page was Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Temple University. Now conductor emeritus of the world-renowned Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, he continues an active schedule as conductor and master teacher with choruses and orchestras in the United States and Europe. While known for his work with the Cleveland, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras and maestros Eugene Ormandy, Lorin Maazel and Mariss Jansons, he has conducted more than 30 American regional orchestras. With his Robert Page Festival Singers he has performed at such major European festivals as St. Petersburg’s White Nights, Prague’s Dvorak and Finland’s Mikkeli as well as St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Vienna) and the Liszt Academy (Budapest).
Page has won Grammy awards for his recordings of Catulli Carmina (with the Philadelphia Orchestra) and Carmina Burana (with the Cleveland Orchestra) plus eight other nominations. He has received international awards for recordings of Porgy and Bess (Cleveland Orchestra) and Shostakovich Symphony No. 13 “Babi Yar” (Philadelphia Orchestra). A tireless advocate for new music, he has commissioned and conducted works from composers as varied as Alberto Ginastera, Bernard Rands, Karl Korte, Nancy Galbraith and Ned Rorem.
His choirs have premiered many major compositions including those by Samuel Barber, William Schumann, Krystof Penderecki, Vincent Persichetti and Leonardo Balada. Page is in great demand for festivals and workshops, and is closely associated with the Berkshire Choral Festival where he has been the most frequently invited guest conductor. In the world of music theatre and popular music, Page’s arrangements are published by Hinshaw and Hal Leonard, and his two-piano score to The Most Happy Fella (Frank Loesser) was a notable Broadway success. His close collaboration with Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony has featured many of Page’s arrangements of Hamlisch’s songs. Page’s wife, Glynn, is Emerita Professor of Voice of the School of Drama, daughter Paula Page is Principal Harp with the Houston Symphony, and daughter Carolann Page is an internationally known singer/actress.