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Dr. Robert Pippin

Dr. Robert Pippin



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Joined Northwest in 2015

Assistant Professor

Director of Symphony Orchestra


  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Band Conducting; Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University
  • Master of Music in Conducting; Colorado State University
  • Bachelor of Music Education; Colorado State University

Courses Taught

  • Applied Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
  • Elements of Conducting
  • Brass Methods II
  • Instrumental Composition and Arranging
  • Symphony Orchestra

Academic Interests

  • Brass performance concepts
  • Instrumental conducting
  • Secondary music curriculum development

Scholarly Activity

Current research topic is on:

  • Historical repertoire for band and the National Core Arts Standards


Robert Pippin is Assistant Professor of Low Brass and Music Education, and Director of the Northwest Symphony Orchestra at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri where he teaches the low brass studio, conducting, and music education courses. Immediately prior to his appointment to Northwest, he was Director of The Johns Hopkins University Wind Ensemble, assistant conductor for the Peabody Wind Ensemble, and taught the Basic Conducting courses, while pursuing his degree at the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University.

Before attending Peabody, Robert was a high school band director in Colorado, where he developed comprehensive curriculums with a strong tradition of excellence in concert bands, jazz ensembles, athletic bands, and chamber music. In addition to teaching, Robert was an active performer in Colorado and Wyoming, playing trombone as a tenured member of the Fort Collins Symphony, and as a freelance artist performing classical, jazz and chamber music.

Robert completed the Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Band Conducting at the Peabody Conservatory, studying with Dr. Harlan Parker. He earned the Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Conducting from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Robert studied conducting with Dr. J. Steven Moore, Wilfred Schwartz, and Dr. Michael Schaff, and low brass with Dr. Robert Brewer.

Robert has been a performer, adjudicator, and clinician with bands, orchestras, and jazz ensembles in Colorado, Missouri, Maryland, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Idaho, as well as being invited to present clinics at the NACWPI National Convention, the College Music Society Great Plains and Rocky Mountain Regional Conferences, the Missouri Music Educators Convention, and the Colorado Bandmasters Association Convention.