Dr. R. Todd Rober
Dr. R. Todd Rober is an Assistant Professor of Music at Kutztown University, where he teaches the Music History survey, Introduction to Music Literature, World Music, the Senior Seminar, other music history and literature courses, and an African Percussion ensemble. He received the Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of North Texas in 2003 with a dissertation entitled "Form, Style, Function, and Rhetoric in Gottlob Harrer's Sinfonias: A Case Study in the Early History of the Symphony."
He has presented papers on Harrer and the early symphony for the conference Writing the History of the Eighteenth Century, the Mid-Atlantic and Southwest Chapters of the American Musicological Society, the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the conference Mozart in Prague, held in the Czech Republic. His analytical essay on Harrer appears in the eighteenth-century volume of The Symphonic Repertoire, along with a recording of a Harrer symphony, for which he edited the parts, and an article on Harrer appears in Music in Eighteenth-Century Life: Cities, Courts, Churches, edited by Mara Parker. He has also published a number of book reviews, encyclopedia articles, and conference reports.
He also holds the Bachelor of Music with Teacher Certification from the University of Texas, Arlington, and the Masters of Music in Music Theory from the University of North Texas. He has served as Secretary/Treasurer for the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music since 2007. He is a percussionist and has studied West African drumming in Ghana as part of his related doctoral field in ethnomusicology. He is also a singer, performing with the Reading Choral Society for four years. On-campus, he serves as the faculty advisor to the men's music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.