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Robert Duff is the conductor of the Dartmouth Chamber Singers and the Handel Society of Dartmouth College. He also teaches music theory and musicianship in Dartmouth's Department of Music.
Prior to his 2004 appointment at Dartmouth, he served on the faculties of Pomona College, Claremont Graduate University and Mount St. Mary's College. He also held the post of Director of Music for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Earning degrees at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (B.M.), Temple University (M.A.) and the University of Southern California (D.M.A.), Duff studied conducting with Wayne Abercrombie, Alan Harler, Lynn Bielefelt and William Dehning. He has taught all age groups in both public and private schools and serves as adjudicator and clinician for vocal and choral competitions, workshops and festivals.
An active commissioner of new music, Duff has conducted several world premieres of choral and orchestral works. In 2006-07 Duff commissioned and conducted the world premiere, of Fire and Ice by composer Andrea Clearfield, an oratorio set to the poetry of Robert Frost. Recent commissions have included Requiem for the Fallen by Jonathan Neshloff (co-commissioned with the Handel Choir of Baltimore) and Divine Cecilia by Daniel Brewbaker.
Choirs under Duff's direction have performed throughout the United States and in Europe. He has also prepared choruses for renowned conductors, including, most recently, Helmuth Rilling.
Duff serves as President-Elect of the Eastern Division of the American Choral Directors Association. He is a member of the American Musicological Society, Choral Conductors Guild, Chorus America, the College Music Society, Music Educator's National Conference, Kappa Phi Honor Society and Pi Kappa Lambda Music Society.
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