John donald robb composers' symposium

The 2015 UNM John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium
The 44th Annual Exploration of Creativity & Music

"Musical Retellings"
A five-day festival of concerts and workshops featuring the many treasures that today's composers have created using folk and classical music as inspiration

March 22-26, 2015
includes concerts at UNM, Chatter and the Outpost Performance Space
All UNM events are FREE!

Chen Yi, Christoph Maria Wagner
Luke Dahn, Vijay Iyer, Carter Williams

Robb Symposium
Click HERE for a schedule of events.  

Sadako's Diary by Yoshiko Shimano (2010)
silkscreen and monoprint on colored paper

history of the symposium

In 1972, Dr. William Wood was hired as Composer-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Theory and Composition. That year, his former teacher Norman Lockwood was invited to participate in the first annual UNM Composers' Symposium, which also featured performance of works by UNM student composers. The event has continued annually since then, making it one of the longest on-going festivals of new music in the world, and one that now has attained a regional, national and international reputation. During the 1990s, the symposium was renamed and became the John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium, in honor of Dr. Robb, who served as Dean of the College of Fine Arts from 1942 to 1957.

Honored guests have included Ned Rorem, George Crumb, Vincent Persichetti, Max Schubel, Karel Husa, Gunther Schuller, David Raksin, Lukas Foss, George Rochberg, Thea Musgrave, Ernst Krenek, David Baker, Lou Harrison, John Harbison, Milton Babbitt, Christian Wolff, James Tenney, Joan Tower, Alan Hovhaness, Nicholaw Maw, Libby Larson, Julio Estrada, Pauline Oliveros, Anthony Braxton, Robert Cogan, Pozzi Escot, Gordon Getty and John Cage. In 1989, the Symposium, as part of the university's centennial, honored forty of the Music Department's alumni and friends, with special honors accorded to John Donald Robb, John Lewis and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Michael Colgrass. Special themes and subjects have been featured during some years, including film music (with Joji Yuasa as guest composer), music and technology (Joan La Barbara and Morton Subotnick), and music theory and jazz (Maria Schneider).

Click HERE for the website of the Robb Musical Trust.

program booklets:

42st symposium program

41st Annual Composers' Symposium Program (March, 2012) (PDF, 9.1MB)

Program 2011

40th Annual Composers' Symposium Program (March, 2011) (PDF, 2.3MB)

39th Symposium Program

39th Annual Composers' Symposium Program (March, 2010) (PDF, 1.3MB)

38th Symposium Cover

38th Annual Composers' Symposium Program (March/April, 2009) (PDF, 3MB)

Program Booklet 2008

37th Annual Composers' Symposium Program (March/April, 2008) (PDF, 984KB)

Robb Program

36th Annual Composers' Symposium Program (March, 2007) (PDF, 4.28MB)

35th Symposium Program

35th Annual Composers' Symposium Program (April, 2006) (PDF, 1.89MB)


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