Biographical Chronology

1936
January 28, born in Spencer, Iowa.

1945-1953
Attends McPhail School of Music, Minneapolis, studying trumpet and piano.

1956-1957
T.A. in music theory at the Univ. of Minnesota

1957
Graduates from the Univ. of Minnesota with a B.A. in composition and piano, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. His teacher is Paul Fetler.

1958-1959
Music director for thesis productions at the Yale Drama School.

1959-1960
Director of the Albertus Magnus Choir, and Instructor of piano and theory at the Neighborhood School of Music in New Haven, Conn.

1960
Receives an M.M. from the Yale School of Music. His teachers are Richard Donovan and David Krahenbuel.

1960-1961
Director of the choir and chamber orchestra, and Instructor in composition and theory at Bryn Mawr College.

1961-1963
Associate Conductor of the choir and orchestra, and Instructor in music history at the Univ. of Pennsylvania.

1962-1966
Board of Directors, conductor and pianist, the Philadelphia Composers' Forum.

1963-1966
Director of the choir and chamber orchestra, Instructor in composition and theory at the Philadelphia Musical Academy.

1966
Receives a Ph.D. in Music from the Univ. of Pennsylvania. His teacher is George Rochburg and his dissertation is entitled Tonal cohesion in the serial and atonal music of Schoenberg.

1966-1974
Co-founder, co-director, and conductor of the Contemporary Group with his long-time friends, William O. Smith and Stuart Dempster.

1968
Receives first Guggenheim Fellowship.

1970
Named Professor of music at the School of Music, Univ. of Washington.

1971-1972
Visiting Professor and Director of Contemporary Concerts at Brooklyn College (CUNY).

1974
Receives second Guggenheim Fellowship.

1974-1984
Chancellor of the North Carolina School of the Arts.

1975-1981
NEA Composers Panel.

1976
Summer, Guest composer at the Festival of Contemporary Music, Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood.

1983
Summer, Composer-in-residence at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, Wyoming.

1984-1985
President of the Cornish Institute in Seattle.

1985-1986
Visiting Professor at Williams College.

1986-2001
Professor of music at Williams College, chairing the department from 1986 to 1995.

Robert C. Suderburg Papers, 1951-2000



Introduction

Biographical Note

Scope and Content

Appendix A. Compositions by Type

Appendix B. Photographs