For Immediate Release
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Publish Date: February 25, 2015

Duluth, Minnesota – The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra

Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra Appoints New Chorus Master

The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra ( has announced that Dr. Richard Robbins has joined the DSSO as the new choral director. Richard is no stranger to the DSSO as he has prepared the DSSO chorus for three performances in the fall of 2014.

In addition to conducting the DSSO chorus, Robbins is the Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Robbins’ last symphony chorus post was as the assistant conductor of the Houston Symphony Chorus, where he prepared the acclaimed choir for over 50 performances. Robbins also directed choirs at Houston’s prestigious High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston Texas where he was named the 2013 Teacher of the Year. In this position, Robbins led his ensembles in performance and masterclasses with a wide range of artists including the Houston Symphony; the Grammy-award winning vocal ensemble, Chanticleer; and the Grammy-nominated pop group, Paramore.

His wealth of knowledge and industry experience has made Robbins a key addition to the DSSO. As an experienced conductor of the choral-orchestral repertoire, Dr. Robbins has also directed choruses for the Houston Ballet, in addition to serving as founding conductor of the St Paul’s Choral Scholars, festival conductor for the American Federation Pueri Cantores, opera chorus director for the Moores Opera Center, and choral conductor and department head for the American Festival for the Arts. He as prepared choruses for major symphony orchestra conductors, including Christoph Eschenbach, Ermanno Florio, Hans Graf, Joan Glover, Bernard Labadie, Klaus Peter Flor, Michael Krajewski, Stephen Cleobury, Robert Franz, Dirk Meyer and others.

Dr Robbins is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, and Chorus America.

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