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Robert Tudor named chair of Department of Music at Shepherd

ISSUED: 5 April 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Robert Tudor named chair of Department of Music at Shepherd)

Shepherdstown, WV--Dr. Robert Tudor has been named chair of the Department of Music and associate professor of music at Shepherd University, effective June 30.

Tudor is chair of the Division of Music at Jacksonville University in Florida, a post he has held since 2006. An assistant professor of music, he also serves as director of music theater and opera.

"Dr. Tudor is an arts administrator with an impressive and extensive list of music theater and opera accomplishments as a performer, director, educator, and clinician," said Dr. Richard Helldobler, vice president for academic affairs. "His experience and expertise will benefit Shepherd's music department and continue its history of excellence."

Tudor has served as assistant dean at the Levine School of Music, Washington, D.C.; assistant director of the Association of Boarding Schools; and programming assistant at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, Maryland. He served as an adjunct professor of voice at Salisbury University and Shepherd University and as a high school choral director in Florida.

Tudor earned a bachelor of music degree from Stetson University in Florida, a master of music degree in voice performance from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, and a doctorate in musical arts in vocal performance from the University of Maryland, College Park.

"Over 10 years ago, I served Shepherd University as an adjunct voice instructor, stage, and choir director while pursuing my doctorate," said Tudor. "I fell in love with the community and was impressed by the talent and commitment to excellence of the students and faculty. Now, I am honored to be given the opportunity to return to the community after having grown as an educator and spending many years engaged in artistic and community-centered creative and social projects. I hope to call Shepherdstown my home soon and am excited about being part of the education and cultural enrichment of Shepherd University and the surrounding community."

As a singer, Tudor has performed opera, musical theater, cabaret, and concert works throughout the United States in "The Magic Flute," "A Waterbird Talk," "My Fair Lady," and "Titanic--A New Musical." Concert performances include the requiems of Faurè and Duruflè, Dorff's "Carmina Burana," Schubert's "Mass in G," and Saint-Saen's "Christmas Oratorio." His awards include the Jacksonville University Institutional Award for Excellence in 2009, Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2003, and Artist of the Year from Opera Theater of Northern Virginia in 2004.

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