The Mission of the Trust, in collaboration with UNM, is to support the music and musical legacy of John Donald Robb, to further his inspiring commitment to education, and to advance the understanding of music of the Southwest. »Learn more.
Luke Dahn, Ph.D., a professor at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, has won the 2014 UNM John Donald Robb Composers’ Competition with his composition, Buffalo Dance, for alto saxophone and piano. Dahn will be on hand for a performance of the winning composition at the 44th Annual UNM John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium, which will take place from Sunday, March 22 through Wednesday, March 25, 2015 on the University of New Mexico campus.
The 2015 John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium will bring composers Chen Yi and Christoph Maria Wagner to the University of New Mexico campus from March 22-25. Performances from Chatter, the UNM Wind Symphony, the UNM Children's Chorus and faculty from the UNM Department of Music will feature virtuosic transformations of folk song. The winning composition from the UNM John Donald Robb International Composers' Competition will be announced and performed during the symposium
Experience the Music
View musical scores, photographs and listen to samples of John Donald Robb compositions.
Explore the extensive Robb archive of photographs, scores, performances of compositions and personal papers.
Listen to nearly 3,000 folk songs and Native American chants collected by John Donald Robb during travels in the Southwest, Latin America and Nepal from 1941-1979.
John Donald Robb loved and composed all kinds of music, but his passion for the songs of everyday folk is for what he is most remembered. Roaming the countryside of the Southwest during the 1940s and 1950s, Robb recorded and transcribed over 3,000 Hispano folk songs, the largest collection of its time . . . Robb was an adventurer who had traveled the world – Asia, Europe, South America &ndas..
-- Kelly Kowalski, KNME-TV-5, Emmy Award Winning Producer Director