Robert Jorgensen

Induction: February 3, 2018

Robert DuBois Jorgensen was the Director of Bands at The University of Akron for 26 years. Prior to retiring from The University of Akron School of Music, Mr. Jorgensen was director of bands, professor of music, and assistant director of the school. His UA colleagues unanimously supported him receiving the distinction of professor emeritus, and he was later honored by the City of Akron with a proclamation declaring October 5, 2013, as “Robert D. Jorgensen Day.”

Under Mr. Jorgensen’s leadership, The University of Akron Symphonic Band was invited to perform at 11 conferences of the Ohio Music Education Association; the 1992 conference of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) in East Lansing, Michigan; the 1998 CBDNA conference in Kansas City, Missouri; the 2004 CBDNA conference at the Cincinnati Conservatory/College of Music; and the 2003 American Bandmasters Association Convention at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. The UA Symphonic Band also performed at Severance Hall in Cleveland in April 2003 and toured several European countries in 2008.

Mr. Jorgensen was widely honored as a music educator and conductor. He received the Outstanding Bandmasters Award from the International Assembly of Phi Beta Mu, International Bandmasters Fraternity, at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois, in 1999. He received the Citation of Excellence Award from the National Band Association in 1981 and the A. Frank Martin Award from Kappa Kappa Psi in 1992. In 1991, Mr. Jorgensen was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and was a past-president of that organization, having been elected during the 74th annual convention in Miami, Florida, in March 2008. He was also past president of the Mid-American Conference Band Directors Association.

Mr. Jorgensen earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, where he was a student of Mark H. Hindsley, and a master’s degree from Michigan State University, where he was a student of Leonard Falcone and Kenneth Bloomquist. From 1969-1972, he was euphonium soloist with the United States Army Field Band in Washington, D.C., Hal Gibson and Samuel Fricano, conductors. Prior to joining the faculty at The University of Akron in 1987, Mr. Jorgensen was on the faculty at Morehead State University, Kentucky, and was director of bands at Midwestern State University, Texas. His concert band in Texas performed for the Texas Music Educators Association convention and the Texas Bandmasters Association convention.