He is a choral
conductor and music director who took his degree studies and Abilene Christian University and Indiana University and further studies at New York University.
In 1971 he
went to work for the Cleveland Orchestra as their Director of Choruses and
Assistant Conductor. His work
with them was much respected and he led the chorus for many of their
acclaimed performances with some of them being broadcast nationally on
television and radio.
In 1980 he
took up the position of Music Director and Conductor of the Mendelssohn
Choir of Philadelphia, where he made preparations for choral performances
with the Philadelphia Orchestra, which brought them international as well
as national fame. His work with
The Mendelssohn Choir continues today as their Music Director Emeritus,
which he became after leaving them after his 26 year tenure in 2006.
with the Cleveland Orchestra until 1989 when he moved to the Pittsburgh
Symphony Orchestra as their Director of Special Projects and Choral
with the Mendelssohn Choir or as a guest conductor for musicals, operatic
productions and leading symphony orchestras, he has led numerous orchestras
through America and Europe.
Some of these include American orchestras from Dallas, Houston, Louisiana, Minnesota, San Antonio and Virginia, European orchestras such
as the Budapest Concert Orchestra, Czech State Philharmonic, Luxembourg RTL
Orchestra, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra. He has also led
opera companies in Caroline, Pittsburgh, Toledo, Cleveland and Kansas City and the Chicago Lyric Chorus.
He formed his
own Robert Page Festival Singers in 1999 with members/ex-members of other
major choruses he has worked with.
They have appeared at many European music festivals in countries
that include Finland, France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland.
These performances have been accompanied by the State Orchestra of
St. Petersburg and the Halle State Philharmonic
Orchestra among others.
work with many choruses have led him to being involved with the Berkshire
Choral Festival and in commissioned works as well as world/American
premieres which include Torquemada by Leonardo Balada,
and Paradise Lost by Penderecki, the commissioned An American Oratorio by Ned Rorem, Concerto on Old English Rounds for Viola
and Orchestra by William Schumann and Symphony No 13 by Shostakovich.
performances recorded, he has received 2 Grammy Awards for Carmina Burana
with the Cleveland Orchestra and Catulli Carmina with the Philadelphia Orchestra (both
pieces by Carl Orff). He has also won the Prix Mondial de Montreaux for the
world premiere recording of Symphony
No. 13 “Babi
Yar” by Shostakovitch
with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchetra and the Grand Prix du
Disc with the Cleveland Orchestra for Porgy
and Bess. He has also
received a further 8 Grammy Award nominations.
His work in
the field of musical education has seen him as a faculty member of Temple
University and in 2004 he took on a position at the Carnegie Mellon
University, where his wife Glynn is the Professor of Drama Emerita, as the Paul Mellon Professor of Music and
Director of Choral Studies. He
has held masterclasses at Brown University and received one of the first
memberships of the American Choral Director Association. He was also a co-founder of Chorus America, where he was their President for 3
years, and has also been a member of several panels for the National
Endowment of the Arts.
are the singer/actress Carolann Page and the
harpist Paula Page who has held the position of Principal Harp with the
accolades he has been awarded honorary degrees by Beaver College, Drury College, Seton Hill College and Quincy College, had American Record Review name him as
“a national treasure” and was named the 1998 Artist of the Year
Temple University Choir recordings
O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fidelis) (Frederick Oakeley/John
Director – Robert Page
Conductor – Eugene Ormandy
Christmas Hits (Sony Music Special Products A 24993)