Dr. Robert G.Hasty is the conductor of the Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia and SummerOrchestra at the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music at NorthwesternUniversity where he also serves as the Associate Director of Orchestras.


Dr.Hasty began his career teaching music in the public schools in SouthernCalifornia; this included tenure in administration as the District MusicCoordinator of the Capistrano Unified School District where he supervised theK-12 music education program and its staff of 39 teachers.  He also served an elected term as VicePresident in charge of String Education for the Southern California School Bandand Orchestra Association.


Anoted researcher in music cognition, Dr. Hasty has been an author for twopublications delivered at the 7thInternational Conference on Music Perception and Cognition in Sydney,Australia.  A book on his research onconducting has recently been published: “Critical Listening While Conducting”. The European Society forCognitive Sciences of Music invited him to speak at their conference inPortugal on these studies.


As aconductor, Dr. Hasty is currently the music director for the Merit SymphonyOrchestra in Chicago and has performed with the All-American College Orchestraat Walt Disney World, Beijing Youth Orchestra, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra,Irvine Youth Symphony, La Primavera Orchestra, Metropolis Youth Symphony,National High School Music Institute Orchestra, Northwestern UniversitySymphony Orchestra, NU Opera, and the NU Contemporary Music Ensemble.  His performances have been broadcast on WFMTradio in Chicago and on the Big Ten Network. Dr. Hasty’s international engagements include two sold-out performancesat the National Concert Hall of Taipei, Taiwan, and at the Forbidden CityConcert Hall in Beijing, China. He is sought-after as an honor orchestraconductor, conducting honor groups in California, Illinois, Iowa andMichigan.  He is a member of theconducting faculty at the Bienen School of Music teaching both class andprivate studies in the discipline.


Dr. Hasty continues to perform as a freelance violinistand violist.  The Aliso Viejo SymphonyOrchestra, with whom he has served as concertmaster, the Capistrano ValleySymphony, and the Mozart Classical Orchestra are a few of the ensembles thathave requested his violin services.  Dr.Hasty was the violist on the world premiere of Kathy Henkel's Moorland Sketches, which was broadcaston KUSC-FM Los Angeles.  Currently, he isliving out a long-held musical fantasy as a fiddler, performing and recordingwith the band for singer-songwriter Christina Trulio (ASCAP).
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