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. You can support the work of the UNM Robb Trust by attending our events, following us on social media, and making a donation. »Learn more.




2017 46th Annual John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium

March 26-30 in the College of Fine Arts

For 2017 the Symposium will host a conference that will bring 30 different composers from around the US and the world to UNM’s campus, celebrating the rich diversity of contemporary music today.



2016 Biennial International Commission Competition Announcement

The Robb Trust congratulates the 2016 International Commission Competition winner, Marta Gentilucci.

Her commissioned work will be premiered on Sunday, March 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the 2017 John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium. Visit our website for updates.

Find out more about Marta Gentilucci at





Archives Accessible to the World

The songs in the John Donald Robb Archive of Southwestern Music can now be accessed from your own computer. Through a Robb Trust project, you can listen to these timeless field recordings from the mid-20th century, along with viewing lyrics in both Spanish and English, any time, any place.

We invite you to check it out!



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.



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.


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