Robert Butts

Conductor ● Composer ● Educator

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Dr. Robert W. Butts

Robert W. Butts        7 Leigh Drive, Madison, New Jersey 07940        973-479-8864              boblute@aol.com     www.robertbutts.com

EDUCATION

The American Conservatory of Music, DMA, Conducting  2009
          Thesis: “Alessandro Scarlatti’s La Giuditta Masterpiece of Baroque Oratorio: Essay and Edition Based on the Original Manuscript in Morristown, New Jersey”

University of Iowa, MA, Musicology  1989
         Thesis: “The Solo Motets of Niccolò Jommelli”

Juilliard School of Music, 1996-97
         conducting studies with Maestro Vincent La Selva

Montclair State University, BA, Music Education  1972

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT STUDIES

  • Conductors Institute, Maestro Mikhael Jurowski, Berlin, Germany (2009)
  • Orchestral Conducting Workshop, Maestro Kirk Trevor, Zlin, Czech Republic (2005)
  • Verdi Masterclass, Maestro Georghe Stanchiu, Constanta, Romania (2002)
  • Conductors Institute, Maestro Nahun Arman, Toronto, Canada (2001)

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL TEACHING POSITIONS

Drew University Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, Madison, New Jersey
    Adjunct Professor, Arts and Letters Program (starting Fall 2015)
        • Course: Music in American Society

Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, New Jersey
    Adjunct Professor of Music (2003 – present)
        • Courses taught: Conducting, Intro to Music (survey Medieval to Modern)

The College of Saint Elizabeth, Madison, New Jersey
    Adjunct Professor of Music (2009 – present)
        • Courses taught: Choral Conducting, Joy of Bach (Baroque Era), Beethoven and Friends (Classical era), The Romantics, Orchestration, Music Fundamentals
        • Research Mentoring, honors projects
        • Individual Performance Coaching

Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, New Jersey
     Sabbatical Replacement, Adjunct Professor of Music (2008)
        • Courses taught: Survey of Music History, Chorus, Introductory Theory

Drew University, Madison, New Jersey
     Sabbatical Replacement, Adjunct Professor of Music, (1991)
        • Courses taught: Electronic Composition

Drew University, Madison, New Jersey
     Instructor in Extension Division, Mini-Course Program (1995 – present)
        • Courses taught: general survey courses on individual composers, musical periods/styles, opera, musical theater, film music 

Sussex County Community College, Newton, New Jersey
     Adjunct Professor of Music (1992 – 1994)
        • Courses taught: Chorus, Music History

COMMUNITY LECTURE POSITIONS

New Jersey Council for the Humanities, Trenton, New Jersey
     Invited Lecturer (2002 – present)
        • Lectures on: Mozart/Beethoven, Verdi/Puccini, The Broadway Musical

Bernards Township Library, Basking Ridge, New Jersey
     Course Lecturer (2000 – present)
        • Leisure Learning: Courses developed on The Broadway Musical, Orchestral Masterpieces, The Symphony, The Concerto
        • Friday Night at the Opera: lectures on individual operas ranging from those of Monteverdi through operas composed in the past twenty years

Elderhostel, New York
     Course Lecturer (1999 – 2002)
        • Lectures on opera and musicals

Lifelong Learning, Caldwell, New Jersey
     Guest Lecturer (2004 – present)
        • Lectures on Verdi, Bernstein, Puccini, Mozart, Sondheim, opera

CONDUCTING POSITIONS – ORCHESTRAL/INSTRUMENTAL

The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, Madison, New Jersey
     Artistic Director/Conductor (1996 – present)
        • Directed programming, contracting, rehearsing, conducting
        • Developed the orchestra from a specialized small ensemble to a major full orchestra performing music of all periods 
        • Premiered contemporary compositions 2007-2011
        • Conducted Modern/American/New Jersey premieres of works by Scarlatti, Pepusch, Earl of Kelly, Salieri, Chevalier de Saint George, Benda

BONJ Summer Music Festival
     Artistic Director (2006 – present)
        • Directed programming, contracting, rehearsing, conducting performances
        • Administered weeklong festival of chamber music, orchestra music, theatrical music and opera
        • Directly involved with marketing, promotion and collaboration with other New Jersey arts organizations and ensembles

In Mid Air Productions, Rockaway, New Jersey
     Music Director/Conductor (2009 – present)
        • Conducted all rehearsing and coaching sessions
        • Composer/Orchestrator of premiered compositions

Garden State Sinfonia, Highland Park, New Jersey
     Resident Conductor (1996 – 2001)
        • Created programming and led rehearsals and performances

CONDUCTING POSITIONS – OPERA

Eastern Opera Company, Warren, New Jersey
     Artistic Director/Conductor (2012-Present)
        • Contract singers and musicians
        • Conduct rehearsals and full opera productions
        • Develop, rehearse and conduct the opera chorus

Opera Theater of Montclair, Montclair, New Jersey
     Guest Conductor (2013-Present)
        • Coaching singers
        • Conduct rehearsals and performances

Opera at Florham, Florham Park, New Jersey
     Music Director/Conductor (2009 – 2012)
        • Contracted singers and musicians
        • Conducted rehearsals and full opera productions
        • Contracted singers and programmed cabaret recitals
        • Developed, coached, and conducted the opera chorus
        • Directed productions

La Forza del Opera Workshop, New York City

     Conductor (2012-214)

        • Conduct vocal coaching rehearsals

Touring Concert Opera Company, New York
     Resident Conductor (2010 – present)
        • Conduct rehearsals and performances

Williamsburg Opera Workshop, New York
     Music Director/Conductor (2009 – present)
        • Managed auditions and competitions
        • Rehearsed and conducted semi-staged performances

New Jersey Concert Opera, Plainfield, New Jersey
     Music Director/Conductor (2004 – 2008)
        • Rehearsing and conducted orchestra, chorus and soloists
        • Edited/arranged scores for chamber orchestra

The Little Opera Company of New Jersey, Westfield, New Jersey
     Resident Conductor (2000 – 2007)
        • Rehearsed chorus, orchestra and soloists
        • Conducted fully-staged performances

CONDUCTING POSITIONS – YOUTH ORCHESTRAS

Skylands Youth Symphony, Vernon, New Jersey
     Conductor (1998 – 2002)
        • Programmed, rehearsed and conducted all performances
        • Led master classes on musicianship and orchestral development

        • Edited/arranged/orchestrated/composed selections
        • Created special programs for annual fund-raising concerts

Lakeland Youth Symphony, Parsippany, New Jersey
     Senior Orchestra Conductor (2000 – 2006)

        • Programmed, rehearsed and conducted all performances
        • Edited/arranged/orchestrated/composed selections
        • Developed master classes on musicianship

CONDUCTING POSITIONS - CHORUS

Waterloo Chorale, Waterloo, New Jersey
     Music Director/Conductor (1992 – 1993)
        • Programmed, rehearsed, coached, arranged and conducted

Nous Theatre Chorus, Blairstown, New Jersey (2005 – 2006)
        • Coaching and rehearsed the chorus
        • Conducted performances of Mozart’s Requiem with the Nous Orchestra and Beethoven’s Symphony #9 with The New Jersey Symphony

GUEST CONDUCTING – UNITED STATES
 

           • NJIT, Newark, New Jersey, Technology & Society Forum Concert – March 26, 2014 (scheduled)
        • NJIT, Newark, New Jersey,  Technology & Society Forum Concert – February 6, 2013
        • New Jersey Symphony, Blairstown, New Jersey – November 19, 2005
        • Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – January 2006, 2008
        • Society of Musical Arts Orchestra, Maplewood, New Jersey – April 2003

CONDUCTING - INTERNATIONAL

        • Berlin Sinfonietta, Berlin, Germany – September 6, 2009
        • Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, Zlin, Czech Republic – August 20, 2005
        • Congress Orchestra Philharmonic, St Petersburg, Russia – February 9, 2003
        • Filarmonica de Stat Sibiu, Sibiu, Romania – January 26, 2002
        • Opera Constanta, Constanta, Romania – August 24, 2002
        • Filarmonica Ion Dumitrescu, Râmnicu Valcea, Romania – February 6, 2001
        • Filarmonica de Stat Botosani, Botosani, Romania – December 19, 1999

CHORUSES CONDUCTED IN COLLABORATIVE CONCERTS

        • Newark Boys Chorus, St Joseph’s Holiday Concert, December 2012
        • Masterworks in collaboration with Nous Theatre and The New Jersey Symphony, November 2005
        • Harmonium Choral Society in collaboration with The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, October 2004, June 2008
        • Oratorio Singers of Westfield with New Jersey Concert Opera in performance of Handel’s Messiah, December 2005

OPERA DIRECTING ENGAGEMENTS

        • BONJ Summer Music Festival, Gesualdo, August 2011
        • Atlantic Coast Opera Festival, Le nozze di Figaro, July 2011
        • Opera at Florham, Tosca, June, 2009; Rigoletto (co-directed with Emily Thompson), June 2010; la Traviata (co-directed with Karole Lewis), June 2011.

COMPETITIONS – Judge and/or Competition Director

        • Pearl & Julius Young Music Competition, 2009-Present, Preliminary Judge and Competition Director
        • Violetta Dupont Vocal Competition, 2009-Present, Preliminary Judge and Competition Director
        • National League of Performing Arts, 2011 Judge

AWARDS

  • Tourism Award of Appreciation, Morris County Tourism Bureau - 2016
  • Honored Artist, The American Prize - 2015
  • 3rd Place for Opera Conducting Excellence, The American Prize - 2013
  • 2nd Place for Opera Conducting Excellence, The American Prize - 2012
  • 2nd Place for Orchestra Conducting Excellence, The American Prize - 2011
  • Arts Professional of the Year, Morris Arts (Arts Council of the Morris Area) - 2004
  • Leo M. Traynor Award, Viola da Gamba Society of American - 1995, 1997
  • De Marsh Award - The American Recorder Society - 1996

PRE-CONCERT LECTURES

     • New Jersey Symphony Amadeus Festival – 1999
     • Pre-concert lectures at NJPAC (Newark), The State Theater (New Brunswick), McCarter Theatre (Princeton)
     • New Jersey State Opera, NJPAC  – 1999

PUBLICATIONS

Articles in Academic Journals

“More Than a Collection of Songs: The Concept Album in Country Music,” Mid-America Folklore, Mid-America Folklore Society, XVI:2, Fall, 1988.

“Obediah Pickard: Country Music’s Master of the Trump,” Vierundzwanzigsteljarhsichschrift Internationalen Maultrommelvirtuosengennossenschaft, International Maultrummel Society, 4, 1994.

Book Reviews

Review of Text & Act: Essays on Music and Performance, by Richard Taruskin, Early Music Newsletter, February, 1997.
Review of Music in the English Courtly Masque, 1604-1640 by Peter Walls, Early Music Newsletter,  December 1996.
Review of Music in Late Renaissance & Early Baroque Italy by Tim Carter, Early Music Newsletter,    February, 1996.
Review of Agostino Agazzari and Music at Siena Cathedral 1597-1641 by Colleen Reardo, Early Music Newsletter, February, 1996.
Review of The Italian Trio Sonata from its Origins until Corelli by Peter Allsop, Early Music Newsletter, January, 1996.
Review of Alessandro Stradella (1629-1682) by Carolyn Gianturco, Early Music Newsletter, January 1996.
Review of Francesco Geminiani  by Enrico Careri, Early Music Newsletter, January, 1996.
Review of Nicholas Lanier: Master of the King's Musick by Michael I. Wilson, Early  Music Newsletter, January, 1995
Review of Four and Twenty Fiddlers: The Violin at the English Court, 1540-1690 by Peter Holman, Early Music Newsletter, October, 1994.
Review of: John Tucke, A Case Study in Early Tudor Music Theory by Ronald Woodley, Early Music Newsletter, September, 1994.

Recording Reviews
Review of Dockstader:Quartermass (Tod Dockstader) and Rainforest Images (The McLean Mix), American Music, 14:3, 393-396, Fall, 1996.
Review of Music of the Spanish Renaissance (Shirley Rumsey), Lute Society of America Quarterly, XXIX:2, May, 1994

Concert Reviews
Classical New Jersey, 1996-Present, approximately 250 reviews
Recorder Publishing Newspapers, 1985-Present, approximately 250 reviews
The Citizen of Morris County, 1985-1999, approximately 150 reviews

TALKS AND PRESENTATIONS

Academic Conference Papers

From Short Story to Opera: Poe Chamber Operas, The American Musicological Society, New York Chapter Winter Session, February 13, 2016

Byron and the Romantic Composer, American Byron Society, 2015 Conference, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, April 12, 2015

The Impact of Othering on Self-Esteem in Verdi’s Rigoletto and Otello, American Musicological Society New York Chapter Winter Session at the Metropolitan Opera Guild Education Center, New York, New York, February 16, 2013

Alessandro Scarlatti and Baroque Drama, Arts and Letters Salon, Casperson Graduate School, presentation with Dr. Jude Pfister, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, September 23, 2012

Revision Oratorio in the Late Seventeenth Century: A Comparison of the Naples and Morristown Manuscripts of Alessandro Scarlatti’s La Giuditta, American Musicological Society, New York Chapter Conference, Hunter College, New York, April 4, 2009.

Radical Rebel or Conservative Patriot: The Paradox of Politics in the Music of Charlie Daniels, Country Music Conference, May, 1990.

Just a Good Old Boy: The Male Bond in Country Music, Country Music Conference, May 1989.

Form and Structure in the Songs of Hank Williams, Sonneck Society Conference, April, 1988

Vocal Embellishment in Country Music Singing in the Recorded Songs of Hank Williams, Country Music Conference, May, 1986.

Invited Papers and Colloquia

Orfeo Weeps and Opera Sings: The Creation of Opera and Monody in the Early 17th Century, Symposium on New Classicism, The College of Saint Elizabeth, February 22, 2010.

Love and Politics in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Symposium of the 2009 BONJ Summer Music Festival, August 22, 2009.

Through Their Ears: Music in the Nineteenth Century Country Home as Reflected in the Gibbon Family Collection, Friends of Mead Hall, Drew University, January 25, 2009.

Polyphemus as the Propagandized “Other” as reflected in mytholody and in Handel’s Two Operas, Symposium of the 2007 BONJ Summer Music Festival, August 18, 2007.

O Dolorosa Gioia: Balance, Perspective, Expression and Affect in the Music and Life of Carlo Gesualdo, Symposium at Playwright’s Theatre, Madison, January 21, 1999.

Conference Panel Participation

Shakespeare to Teach Music, Music to Teach Shakespeare, American Musicological Society New York Chapter Winter Sesssion at the Metropolitan Opera Guild Education Center, New York, New York, October 26, 2013

Presenting Opera in the 21st Century, American Musicological Society New York Chapter Winter Sesssion at the Metropolitan Opera Guild Education Center, New York, New York, February 16, 2013

Cablevision Broadcast Lectures

Concerts and Conversations: Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, Cablevision broadcast, 2009
Concerts and Conversations: Wagner’s Siegfried, Cablevision broadcast, 2010
Concerts and Conversations: Beethoven’s Symphony #8, Verizon and Comcast broadcast, 2011
Concerts and Conversations: Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto #1, Verizon and Comcast broadcast
The Compositions of Robert W. Butts, Cablevision broadcast, 2011
Concerts and Conversations: Rossini’s Overture to La Gazza Ladra, Verizon and Comcast broadcast, 2012

ADDITIONAL WORK HISTORY

1992-2000 Computer Program Director, Temel, Inc. Boonton, New Jersey
• Responsibilities included programming and design for CD-ROM development; music composition to accompany projects; client development and relationship; software integration; presentation production and development.

1986-1992 CPS Technologies, Denville, New Jersey
• Responsibilities included PC programming; software integration; presentation production, design, and development.

PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE HISTORY

1970-1992 Phantom Canyon – country/folk/rock band
• Responsibilities included songwriting; arranging; singing; playing guitar, banjo, and fiddle; band management.

1981-1983 Quality Coal Company – country/folk/rock band
• Responsibilities included songwriting; arranging; singing; playing guitar, banjo, and fiddle; band management, tour management.

1992-2000 Les Trouveres – Medieval Music Consort
• Responsibilities included singing; editing music; arranging; playing vielle, rebec, lute, recorder

1992-2000 Topaz Consort – recorder ensemble
• Responsibilities included playing recorder; singing; composing/arranging; coaching.

1994-2000 Camerata Dolce – early music ensemble
• Responsibilities included playing vielle, gamba, recorder, lute, guitar; editing/arranging; coaching

1992-2001 Entr’acte – early music ensemble
• Responsibilities included playing vielle, gamba, recorder, lute, guitar; editing/arranging; coaching

MEMBERSHIPS IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

American Musicological Society              College Music Society
Opera America                                        League of American Orchestras
Musical America                                      Metropolitan Opera Guild
Early Music America                                The Conductor’s Guild

LANGUAGES:  

reading ability in German and Italian, limited reading ability in Russian

MY COMPOSITIONS PERFORMED

Ripples and Reflections, solo clarinet and orchestra, Dan Sagi with The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey,  August 2016

Five Course Dinner for Threetwo flutes and bassoon, Fairlane Ensemble,  July 2016

Two Movements for Piano, Lynn Czae in Paris, July 2016

Early Morning Suitesolo guitar,  Stanley Alexandrowicz in London,  September 2015

Saturnaila StringsScapin Ensemble in Crema Italy,  March 2015

Mark Twain and the GeneralChamber Opera,  Eastern Opera of New Jersey,  June 2014

Symphony #1 "The Joshua Symphony," Orchestra, The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey,  April 2014

The Cask of AmontilladoOpera, NJIT Concert, March 2014

A Night in the Wilde Wild West, Musical Theater, Theatre Project, April 2013

Concerto for Bassoon, Bassoon and strings, The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, August 2013

The TriangleChamber Opera , Atlanta Opera, January 2013

Suite for Mid-Winter AfternoonOrchestra, The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, January 2013

Gesualdo: A Music Drama, Chamber Opera, BONJ Summer Music Festival, August 2011

Chansons de la mer, Two Violins, BONJ Summer Music Festival, August 2011

Tell-Tale Heart Suite, Chamber Ensemble, BONJ Summer Music Festival, August 2011

Browning Songs, Voices, piano, In Mid Air Productions, April 2011

Shadows on The Sun, Chamber ensemble, In Mid Air Productions, February 2011

The Tell-Tale Heart, Chamber Opera, In Mid Air Productions, October 2010

Four QuatrainsChamber Ensemble, In Mid Air Productions, June 2010

Three Dances for Midsummer, Electronic Music, The College of Saint Elizabeth, May 2010

Five Poemes, Chamber Ensemble, In Mid Air Productions, April 2010           

Concertino for Clarinet, Clarinet/Orchestra, The Baroque Orchestra New Jersey, March 2007

Songs of Selph, Voice/piano/cello, Darress Concert, June 2000

Angel Triptych, recorder quartet, Topaz Consort,December 1997

Musementcello/piano, Arthur Cook, July 1993

Gargoylesrecorder quartet, Topaz Consort, September 1992

Recorder Sonata, recorder/guitar, Kris Lamb, September 1992