Robert Sheldon

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Robert Sheldon


Robert Sheldon (b. 3 February 1954, Chester, Penn.) is an American composer, arranger, conductor and educator.

Sheldon has taught instrumental music in the Florida and Illinois public schools, and has served on the faculty at Florida State University where he taught conducting and instrumental music education classes, and directed the university bands. As Concert Band Editor for the Alfred Publishing Company, he maintains an active composition and conducting schedule, and regularly accepts commissions for new works. Sheldon received the Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Miami and the Master of Fine Arts in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Florida.

An internationally recognized clinician, Sheldon has conducted numerous Regional and All-State Honor Bands throughout the United States and abroad, is Conductor of the Prairie Wind Ensemble in residence at Illinois Central College, and teaches Composition at Bradley University. He holds membership in several organizations that promote music and music education. The American School Band Directors Association has honored him with the Volkwein Award for composition and the Stanbury Award for teaching. He has also been a twenty-one-time recipient of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publisher's Standard Award for his compositions in the concert band repertoire. His compositions have been recorded and released on compact discs including, Images: The Music of Robert Sheldon, and Infinite Horizons: The Music of Robert Sheldon, as well as numerous other recordings. Mr. Sheldon has been the topic of articles published in The Instrumentalist, Teaching Music and School Band and Orchestra Magazine, and is one of eleven American wind band composers featured in Volume I of Composers on Composing Music for Band. He was honored by the International Assembly of Phi Beta Mu in 1990 as being the International Outstanding Bandmaster of the year.

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  • Camphouse, Mark, editor. (2002) Composers on Composing for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 295–321.
  • Miles, Richard B. 2000. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 3. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 172.
  • Nicholson, Chad. "As Twilight Falls." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 200-209. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.
  • Robert Sheldon website Accessed 3 September 2021