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.




Composers' Competition Goes International

The 6th Biennial Composers' Competition has gone international! For the first time, composers from around the world are invited to compete for the $3,500 prize. Judging the competition will be an international panel consisting of Hilda Paredes, Chinary Ung and Christoph Maria Wagner. The winning competition will be performed during the 2015 John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium.
All entries must be received by October 1, 2014.



Trust Events Celebrate 25th Anniversary

Two October events will celebrate the work of John Donald Robb and the Robb Trust's 25th anniversary. On October 7 at noon, Jack Loeffler and Michael Kelly will explore the Robb Musical Archive and Robb's Hispanic Folk Music of New Mexico and the Southwest: A Self-Portrait of a People at the UNM Center for Southwest Research. At the end of the month, on October 26 at 2 p.m., Audrey Davis and Johnny Archuleta will lead an afternoon of northern New Mexico music at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos. Enrique Lamadrid will discuss Robb's "Big Book".



Robb Hispanic Folk Music Book Re-published

Hispanic Folk Music of New Mexico and the Southwest: A Self-Portrait of a People, an exhaustive collection and study of 700 folk songs, has been re-published by University of New Mexico Press 34 years after its initial release in 1980. The highly respected book by John Donald Robb, compiled from his many years of recording these songs in the field, is available for purchase at local bookstores or online.



Apply for a Grant

Every year, the John Donald Robb Musical Trust welcomes applications for grants up to $3,000 each. Grants are awarded for a broad range of projects, all of which are designed to support and promote the work of Robb, a highly respected 20th Century composer, music arranger/collector and pioneer in electronic music. The application deadline is March 1, and funding decisions will be made by May 1, 2015.



An Electronic Music Pioneer

John Donald Robb was in his 70s when he attended a seminar hosted by Bob Moog in upstate New York to learn more about a revolutionary new instrument, which came to be known as the Moog Synthesizer. Shortly thereafter he became one of the first to purchase the synthesizer, and set about to create a new body of electronic music. After years in storage, in 2013 Robb's Moog synthesizer was refurbished and is now being featured in concerts and used by students.



Accessible to the World

A recently completed project by the Robb Trust graduate assistants has made it easier to listen to and learn about the songs in the John Donald Robb Archive of Southwestern Music. Now you can listen to Robb's field recordings and view the melodies and lyrics, all on your own computer.

We invite you to check it out!



Perform John Donald Robb's Compositions

The John Donald Robb Musical Trust has more than 48 compositions that are ready to be performed. These compositions are divided into seven major areas: orchestral, chamber music, piano, organ, vocal, choral and opera. Recent additions include Robb's Requiem, and to celebrate the New Mexico Centennial, Song for New Mexico.


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.

Field Recordings
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.

Graduate Assistantship
Music graduate students are invited to apply for the John Donald Robb Graduate Music Assistantship.

The UNM Robb Musical Trust offers small grants for projects that advance its mission.

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"Thanks for the whole focus of the John Donald Robb Composers' Competition. Reconnecting concert and folk sources is a cause dear to my heart and I look forward to participating in this intriguing competition." ..

-- Jimmy Kachulis, Professor of Songwriting and World Music at Berklee College of Music