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Rob Deemer

Fredonia, NY      

Rob Deemer (b.1970) is a composer, conductor, educator, author, and columnist who advocates for composers of all ages and explores the role that contemporary concert music plays in today’s society. His works have been commissioned and performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the President’s Own Marine Band, the U.S. Army Orchestra (Pershing’s Own), the wind ensembles at the University of Texas and the University of Missouri at Kansas City, the Rasçher Saxophone Quartet, loadbang, Akropolis Quintet, Great Noise Ensemble, American Contemporary Music Ensemble, Gaudete Brass, Jeffrey Zeigler, Cornelius Dufallo, Tony Arnold, Lindsay Goodman, and Zach Shemon. His film scores have been heard in the Cannes Film festival, Directors Guilds of America in both Los Angeles and New York, the Festivale Pan African du Cinema in Ouagadougou, Africa and festivals in Chicago, Austin, San Antonio, Las Vegas and San Diego. As an author, Deemer has become well known for his writings for NewMusicBox, Sequenza21, and the New York Times. Deemer is Head of Composition in the School of Music at the State University of New York at Fredonia and is the composer-in-residence with the Buffalo Chamber Players and Harmonia Chamber Singers.

NewMusicBox Articles

Articles January 24 2018 | By Rob Deemer
A Tool For Change: The Women Composers Database

Over the years, there have been a great many calls for diversification within the concert music community, and one of the most prevalent responses from decision-makers is that they don’t...

Articles April 8 2015 | By Rob Deemer
Musings on the Media

Composers and performers today look to the media (whatever they think that might be) as a conduit between their art and the general public. As digital media and social networks...

Articles January 3 2014 | By Rob Deemer
Noise Reduction

I can't help but feel the need to explore the possibilities, if for no other reason than to find a solid balance between a focused understanding of today's new music...

See more of Rob Deemer's articles on NewMusicBox.