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Robert X Rodriguez
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 DMAMusican ArtsUniversity of Southern California1975
 BMMusicUniversity of Texas at Austin1969
 MMMusicUniversity of Texas at Austin1967
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2006-PresentUniversity Professor  University of Texas at Dallas
1990-2006ProfessorArts and Humanities University of Texas at Dallas
1978-1990Associate ProfessorSchool of Arts and Humanities University of Texas at Dallas
1975-1978Assistant ProfessorSchool of Arts and Humanities University of Texas at Dallas
1973-1975Instructor  University of Southern California
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Prof Debuts Musical Composition Based on Children's Book
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Robert Xavier Rodríguez, an internationally renowned composer and professor of music at UT Dallas, will debut an original composition based on the children’s book The Dot and the Line at theMeyerson Symphony Center.
The book was written by Norton Juster and is about a “sensible straight Line” that is hopelessly in love with a “Dot.” The Dot, meanwhile, only has eyes for a “wild and unkempt Squiggle.” In the end, the Line triumphs when he learns to bend in new and dazzling ways.
The musical piece comes as a part of the programStories in Music with Jamie Bernstein. Bernstein, daughter of legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, will join the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to bring to life the classic tales by Juster, as well as favorite numbers from West Side Story andCandide.

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 Additional Information
  • 2007 Visiting Composer, Indiana University
  • 2007 Visiting Composer, San Francisco Conservatory
  • 2006 Visiting Composer, New England Conservatory
  • 2004/06 Visiting Composer, European-American Musical Alliance, (Ecole Normale, Paris)
  • 2004-06 Composer-in-Residence, Bowdoin Festival
  • 2004 Visiting Composer, University of Texas at Austin
  • 2004 Visiting Composer, Michigan State
  • 2004 Visiting Composer, Northwestern University
  • 2002/04 Visiting Artist, American Academy in Rome
  • 2002 Visiting Composer, University of Minnesota
  • 2002 Visiting Composer, Arizona State
  • 2001 Composer-in-Residence, Aaron Copland House
  • 1996-2000 Composer-in-Residence, San Antonio Symphony
  • 1999 Visiting Composer, University of Texas at Austin
  • 1998 Visiting Composer, University of Miami
  • 1997 Artist-in-Residence, Atlantic Center for the Arts
  • 1995 Visiting Composer, University of Southern California
  • 1991 Visiting Composer, Aspen Festival
  • 1987-89 Composer-in-Residence, Bowdoin Festival
  • 1988 Visiting Composer, Ohio State University
  • 1988 Visiting Composer, Colorado State University
  • 1988 Visiting Composer, Aspen Festival
  • 1982-85 Composer-in-Residence, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
  • 1982 Composer-in-Residence, Bennington College (Bennington, VT)
  • 1981 Composer-in-Residence, Duke University (American Dance Fest.)
  • 1981 Composer-in-Residence, Stetson University
  • 1973-74 Composer-in-Residence, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Other Related Activities
  • 2004    Presentation, Nadia Boulanger Symposium, U. of Colorado
  • 2000-01    Panel, US/Mexico Fund for Culture
  • 2000    Chairman of Panel, Sinfomnica 2000 Composition Competition
  • 2000    Music Panel, NEA
  • 1993-Present    Advisory Board, Little Orchestra of New York
  • 1988    Composer Fellowship Panel, NEA
  • 1988    Composer Fellowship Panel, Ohio Arts Council
  • 1988    Composer Fellowship Panel, Artists Foundation of Massachusetts
  • 1986-Present    National Advisory Board, League of Composers, !SCM
  • 1985-96    President, Executive Director, Texas Composers Forum
  • 1985-87    Consultant, Galaxy Music Corporation
  • 1985-92    Consultant, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
  • 1984-85    Regional Coordinator, Dealey Competition
  • 1983-85    President, Meet the Composer/Texas
  • 1982    Board of Directors, Meet the Composer/Texas
  • 1982-Present    National Advisory Board, Meet the Composer (New York)
  • 1982-85    Music Advisory Panel, Texas Commission on the Arts
  • 1982    Advisory Board, Dealey Competition
  • 1982    Advisory Board, SMU Summer Conservatory
  • 1981-82    Advisory Board, UTD String Workshop
  • 1980-Present    Advisory Board, Voices of Change
  • 1977-80    Board of Directors, Voices of Change
  • 1977-79    Music Director, Dallas Chamber Opera Society

  • 1980-04    ASCAP Awards
  • 2001    Aaron Copland Award
  • 1999    Grammy Nomination - Voices of Change recording of Les Niais Amoureux
  • 1998    NEA Composer-in-Residence Grant
  • 1995    Distinguished Alumnus Award, School of Music, USC
  • 1990    NEA Fellowship Grant
  • 1984    NEA Fellowship Grant
  • 1980    Goddard Lieberson Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters
  • 1979    National Arts Associate, SAl
  • 1979    NEA Fellowship Grant
  • 1977    Cite des Arts Residency - Paris, France
  • 1976    Camargo Foundation Residency - Cassis, France
  • 1976    Rockefeller Foundation Villa Serbelloni Residency - Bellagio, Italy
  • 1976    Guggenheim Fellowship
  • 1975    NEA Fellowship Grant
  • 1975    Prix LiLi Boulanger (Harvard University - judged by Elliott Carter, Walter Piston, Aaron Copland)
  • 1973    Young Musicians Foundation Competition
  • 1972    Crofts Fellowship, Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood
  • 1971    Prix Prince Pierre de Monaco (President of Jury - George Auric)
  • 1971    Young Musicians Foundation Competition

Representative Commissions
  • 2004    Dallas Symphony (Musical Dice Game)
  • 2004    Dayton Philharmonic (Agnus Dei for Mozart C-Minor Mass)
  • 2004    Opera Colorado (La Curandera)
  • 2004    New England Conservatory/Tanglewood (percussion ensemble)
  • 2004    The Bowdoin Festival (The Food ofLove)
  • 2003    NEA/Voices of Change (The Dot and the Line)
  • 2003    Documentary Arts (score for documentary film)
  • 2003    US State Department (score for documentary film)
  • 2003    Arizona State University + consortium (Decem Perfectum)
  • 2003    Indianapolis Museum of Art (score for documentary film)
  • 2003    Winterthur Museum (score for documentary film)
  • 2002    Dayton Philharmonic (Flight)
  • 2002    University of Texas at Dallas (Incidental Music for A Midsummer Night's Dream)
  • 2002    American Composers Forum (Smash the Windows)
  • 2001    Amon Carter Museum (score for documentary film)
  • 2000    Knoxville Symphony (Tequila Sunrise)
  • 2000    Boston Symphony (The Tempest)
  • 1999    San Antonio Symphony (The l.Jlst Night ofDon Juan)
  • 1999    Murray Dranoff Two-Piano Competition (Bachanale transcription)
  • 1998    University of Miami (Forbidden Fire)
  • 1998    San Antonio Symphony (Bachanale)
  • 1997    Pacific Symphony (Hot Buttered Rumba)
  • 1996    San Antonio Symphony (Sinfonia ala Mariachi)
  • 1995    National Symphony (Fanfare for Four Trumpets and Four Conch Shells)
  • 1994    Mid-America Arts Alliance/Bella Lewitzky (Meta 4)
  • 1994    Charles Nelson (Scrooge)
  • 1993    Brooks Jones (Adoraci6n Ambulante)
  • 1993    Carlos Prieto (Mascaras)
  • 1991    American Music Theatre Festival (Frida)
  • 1991    Dallas Symphony/EI Paso Symphony (Pinata)
  • 1990    NEA/Gary Karr (Ursa)
  • 1989    Knoxville Symphony (A Gathering ofAngels)
  • 1989    International Trumpet Guild/Stephen Burns (Invocation of Orpheus)
  • 1989    Helene Wickett (Fantasia Lussuriosa)
  • 1988    San Antonio Festival (The Old Majestic)
  • 1987    The Barlow Endowment/Consortium: Bowdoin Festival and Knoxville Symphony (Jargon)
  • 1987    Consortium: Indianapolis, Syracuse and Buffalo Symphonies (A Colorful Symphony)
  • 1987    Aeolian Chamber Players (Les Niais Amoureux)
  • 1987    American Guild of Organists (Alle .. .luia)
  • 1986    The Dallas Opera (Monkey See, Monkey Do)
  • 1986    The Lyric Opera of Dallas/City of Mesquite (The Ransom ofRed Chief)
  • 1986    Richardson Symphony (Varmi'ts!)
  • 1985    San Antonio Symphony (Tango di Tango)
  • 1985    Consortium: Voices of Change, Chicago Ensemble,20th-Century Consort (Tango)

Representative Performances
  • Aeolian Chamber Players (New York)
  • Alabama Symphony
  • American Music Theatre Festival
  • American Repertory Theater
  • Aspen Festival Orchestra
  • Badisches Staatstheater
  • Baltimore Symphony
  • Boston Symphony
  • Boston University Opera Workshop
  • Bowdoin Festival Orchestra
  • Buffalo Symphony
  • Carlos Chavez Orchestra
  • Carnegie-Mellon University
  • Cervantino Festival, Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Chautauqua Festival Orchestra
  • Chicago Symphony
  • Cinnabar Opera Theater
  • City Summer Opera (San Francisco)
  • Cleveland Orchestra
  • Columbus Symphony
  • Dallas Ballet
  • Dallas Opera
  • Dallas Symphony
  • Dayton Philharmonic
  • Eastman Wind Ensemble/New Music Ensemble
  • Edinburgh Festival
  • Fulcrum Point Ensemble
  • Houston Symphony
  • Houston Grand Opera
  • Indianapolis Symphony
  • Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Juilliard School of Music (Focus Series)
  • Kansas City Symphony
  • Lake George Opera
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
  • Louisville Symphony Orchestra
  • Lyric Opera of Kansas City
  • Mexico City Philharmonic
  • Michigan Opera Theater
  • Milwaukee Symphony
  • Music Today Series (New York)
  • National Opera of Mexico
  • National Symphony
  • New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble
  • New Music America (Houston)
  • Michigan Opera Theater
  • New York City Opera
  • North Carolina Symphony
  • Oberlin New Music Ensemble
  • Opera Colorado
  • Opera Pacific
  • Orlando Opera
  • Pacific Symphony
  • Pennsylvania Opera Theater
  • Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Quintette Pro Arte (Monte Carlo)
  • San Antonio Festival
  • San Antonio Symphony
  • San Jose Symphony
  • Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra
  • Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
  • St. Louis Symphony
  • Spokane Symphony
  • Syracuse Symphony
  • Tanglewood Festival Orchestra
  • Texas Boys' Choir
  • Toronto Radio Symphony
  • 20th-Century Consort (Washington, D.C.)
  • University of Texas at Austin Opera Theater
  • Vienna Schauspielhaus
  • Voices of Change (Dallas)
  • Washington (D.C.) Oratorio Society
  • Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra (London)

  • ALBANY (TROY 740)    Tango
  • FIRST EDITION (0027)    Oktoechos, FalJola Boccaccesca, The Song ofSongs
  • ALBANY (TROY 672)    Flight
  • ALBANY (TROY 430)    Forbidden Fire, Con Flor y Canto, Scrooge
  • GASPARO (GSCD 348)    Il Lamento di Tristano
  • CRI (CD 773)    Les Niais Amoureux
  • CRI (CD 824)    Frida Concert Suite, Tango
  • URTEXT (SBCC014)    Lull-a-Bear
  • NEWPORT (85536)    Tango di Tango
  • LOUISVILLE (5793)    Favola Boccaccesca
  • CRYSTAL (5233)    My Lady O:zrey's Dompe
  • ORION (ORS 76212)    Variations for Violin and Piano  
  • ORION (ORS 74159)    Concerto III for Piano and Orchestra; Concert Suite from Monteverdi's L'OrJeo
  • ORION (ORS 74138)    O:znto, Lyric Variations; Concert Suite from Monteverdi's 'Incoronazione di Poppea
  • CRYSTAL (5105)    Sonata in One Movement

  • Dante in Music by Maria Roglieri (2001)
  • The New Grove Dictionary of Music (2000)
  • Doctoral dissertation by Eugenia Yau (University of Texas at Austin, 1997)
  • Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music (1996)
  • Biographies of Texas Composers and Musicians, Holt Music Series (1988)
  • The New Grove Dictionary of American Music (1986)
  • Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1985)
  • Who's Who in American Music (1984)
  • The American String Teacher (1984)
  • Stagebill (1982)
  • Leonie Rosentiel: Nadia Boulanger, A Life in Music (1982)
  • World Book Encyclopedia Yearbook (1980)
  • Kent Kennan: Counterpoint (Prentice-Hall, 1972)

Personal Statement

Robert Xavier Rodríguez is one of the most significant and often-performed American composers of his generation. He has written in all genres -- opera, orchestral, concerto, ballet, vocal, choral, chamber, solo and music for the theater -- but he has been drawn most strongly in recent years to works for the stage, including music for children. Rodríguez received his early musical education in San Antonio (b. 1946) and in Austin (UT), Los Angeles (USC), Lenox (Tanglewood), Fontainebleau (Conservatoire Americain) and Paris. His teachers have included Nadia Boulanger, Jacob Druckman, Bruno Maderna and Elliott Carter. Rodríguez first gained international recognition in 1971, when he was awarded the Prix de Composition Musicale Prince Pierre de Monaco by Prince Rainier and Princess Grace at the Palais Princier in Monte Carlo. Other honors include the Prix Lili Boulanger, a Guggenheim Fellowship, awards from ASCAP and the Rockefeller Foundation, five NEA grants and the Goddard Lieberson Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Rodríguez has served as Composer-in-Residence with the San Antonio Symphony and the Dallas Symphony. He currently hold the Endowed Chair of University Professor at The University of Texas at Dallas, where he is Director of the Musica Nova ensemble. He is active as a guest lecturer and conductor. 

Rodríguez' music has been performed by conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Antal Dorati, Eduardo Mata, James DePriest, Sir Raymond Leppard, Keith Lockhart and Leonard Slatkin. His work has received over 2000 professional orchestral and operatic performances in recent seasons by such organizations as the Vienna Schauspielhaus, The National Opera of Mexico, New York City Opera, Brooklyn Academy of Music, American Repertory Theater, American Music Theater Festival (now Prince Music Theater), Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Pennsylvania Opera Theater, Michigan Opera Theatre, Orlando Opera, The Aspen Music Festival, The Bowdoin Festival, The Juilliard Focus and Summergarden Series, The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Mexico City Philharmonic, Toronto Radio Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, The Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Knoxville, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Boston and Chicago Symphonies, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra. Rodríguez' chamber works have been performed in London, Paris, Dijon, Monte Carlo, Berlin, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, The Hague and other musical centers. His music is published exclusively by G. Schirmer and is recorded on the Newport, Crystal, Orion, Gasparo, Pro Arte, ACA, Urtext, CRI (Grammy nomination), First Edition, Naxos and Albany labels. 

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