Meet Maestro Robert W. Butts — Educator

Dr. Robert W. Butts has shared his passion, enthusiasm and knowledge of music through his work as conductor, composer, educator, writer, and lecturer.

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.


  • Has taught at The Casperson School of Graduate Studies at Drew University, Montclair State University, the College of Saint Elizabeth, and Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Has lectured for The New Jersey Council for the Humanities, the New Jersey Symphony, The New Jersey State Opera, Elderhostel, and New Jersey Continuing Education Programs
  • Has presented papers at conferences of The American Musicological Society, The Sonneck Society, and The Country Music Conference
  • Reviews and articles have appeared in Opera News, Sonneck Society Journal, Classical New Jersey Journal, Recorder Pulishing Papers, Journal of American Folklore, and Continuo
  • Created and hosted the music education cable broadcast program Concerts and Conversations which has been broadcast on HTTV and Cablevision

Private Lectures

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.

Please contact Dr. Butts to discuss times, places and subjects you'd like to explore
"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."
— Teri Kisilik
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