About G. Roberts Kolb, Artistic Director and Conductor
G. Roberts Kolb is the Marjorie and Robert W. McEwen Professor of Music and Director of Choral Music at Hamilton College, where he is a past holder of the Christian A. Johnson “Excellence in Teaching” Chair. A graduate of Occidental College, his postgraduate education includes a year of study at the School of Theology at Claremont, California, a master’s degree in Choral Conducting from the California State University at Fullerton, and a doctorate in Choral Music from the University of Illinois.
Dr. Kolb is a contributing author to Up Front! Becoming the Complete Choral Conductor (E. C. Schirmer) and Five Centuries of Choral Music (Pendragon Press).
Before coming to Hamilton College in 1981, Dr. Kolb taught at Smith College, where he conducted the Smith Choirs and Glee Club. He is past musical director of both the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble and the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble (Ithaca, N.Y.), and is currently director of music at the Stone Presbyterian Church in Clinton, N.Y.
Also active in the musical theatre world, Dr Kolb has directed Gilbert and Sullivan productions for the Earlville Opera House, served as musical director for the Hartford Players Youth Theatre, and been musical director for several Summerstage productions at the Rome Capitol Theatre, as well as directing annual musical theatre productions of the Hamilton College Choir. His onstage roles have included Cervantes/Don Q
uixote (Man of La Mancha), Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd), both The Lord Chancellor and Earl Tolloller (Iolanthe), The Cowardly Lion (The Wizard of Oz), Henry Higgins (My Fair Lady), Nicely-Nicely Johnson (Guys and Dolls), Captain Hook (Peter Pan), both Nanki-Poo and Ko-Ko (The Mikado), and Capt. Fitzbattleaxe (Utopia Limited).
Listen to Rob’s interview with Bill Snyder on WSKG