Dr. Robert W. Butts has shared his
passion, enthusiasm and knowledge of music through his work
as conductor, composer, educator, writer, and
He teaches in the Casperson School of Graduate Studies at Drew Univeristy and at Montclair State University. He lectures regularly for New Jersey Council for the Humanities. He has recieved awards from Morris Arts and The American Prize and recently recieved the 2016 Tourism Award from The Morris County Tourism Bureau.
In May 2016, he led a performance of Alessandro Scarlatti's la Giuditta which he edited from the original 1693 manuscript found in the archives of the Washington's Headquarters Museum in Morristown, New Jersey and has created a documentary film about the manuscript and performing the oratoiro. He has presented major scholarly papers at session of The American Musicological Society, The Sonneck Society, and The Country Music Conference.
Discover the passion and pleasures of great music. Dr. Butts has created the series Concerts & Conversations, combining discussion of the music with excerpts from his critically acclaimed performances. Individually designed talks and courses are available for presentation to your library or church group, your school program, or privately for you and your friends.
Dr. Butts is on the faculties of Montclair State University, Drew University and The College of Saint Elizabeth. He has presented pre-concert talks at Richardson Auditorium (Princeton), NJPAC, The State Theatre (New Brunswick) and the Nous Theatre (Blairstown).
Bob is a lecturer for The New Jersey Council for the Humanities
He has developed courses discussing the history of opera, Broadway musicals, film music, the symphony, the concerto, Baroque Music, Romantic Music, and Contemporary music. He has developed courses for Drew University Mini-Courses, Lifelong Learning at Caldwell College, Leisure Learning at The Bernanrds Township Library, The Westfield Library, Great Horizons, The Washington Township Library, The New Jersey Symphony, Elderhostel, The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, Eastern Opera Company of New Jersey, New Jersey State Opera, and The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey.
"It was such a rewarding experience having you lead our opera group. I truly hope that it will become a permanent part of your very busy schedule. Your lectures stumulated us all. I have always valued your lectures, but having you in my home with a small group meant so very much to me. Thank you very much for enriching my life and my soul."