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Dr. Robert Pippin

Dr. Robert Pippin



241 Fine Arts


660.562.1346 (fax)

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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

Other Professional Experiences

Immediately prior to his appointment to Northwest, Robert Pippin was Director of The Johns Hopkins University Wind Ensemble, assistant conductor for the Peabody Wind Ensemble, and the teacher of record for Basic Conducing courses, while pursuing his Doctor of Music degree at the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University.

Before attending Peabody, Robert was Director of Bands at Thompson Valley High School in Loveland, Colorado, where he developed a comprehensive band curriculum with a strong tradition of excellence in all aspects of the program including 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 regularly performing classical, jazz, and chamber music.

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

In recent years, Robert has been a performer and clinician with bands, orchestras, and jazz ensembles in Colorado, Missouri, Maryland, and Idaho - conducting several honor bands, presenting a jazz clinic session at the Colorado Bandmasters Association convention, and serving a guest faculty residency at the University of Idaho.