Mr. Robert Jorgenson Memoriam


December 26, 1945 – July 4, 2015


In 2013, Professor Robert D. Jorgensen retired from The University of Akron School of Music, where he held the titles of Director of Bands, Professor of Music, and Assistant Director of the School of Music. During his 26-year tenure at Akron, The University of Akron Symphonic Band was invited to perform at eleven 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 2003 American Bandmasters Association Convention at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, and the 2004 CBDNA conference at the Cincinnati Conservatory/College of Music. The Symphonic Band also performed at Severance Hall in Cleveland in April 2003, followed by a 2008 tour of several European countries.

Professor Jorgensen has been 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 is a Past-President of this organization, having been elected to this office at the 74th annual convention in Miami, Florida in March 2008. He is also Past President of the Mid-American Conference Band Directors Association. Recently, Mr. Jorgensen received unanimous support from his colleagues for the distinction of Professor Emeritus at The University of Akron and later was honored by the City of Akron with a proclamation declaring October 5, 2013, as “Robert D. Jorgensen Day.” He was also honored on December 6, 2013 as a recipient of The University of Akron Honorary Alumni Award.

Professor Jorgensen has appeared as guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States. In 2009, he was invited to serve as an adjudicator for the St. Patricks Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland. Since 2006, Mr. Jorgensen has served as musical director/conductor of The Freedom Brass Band of Northeast Ohio. In addition to The American Bandmasters Association, he holds professional memberships in the National Band Association (Board of Directors 1982-1984), College Band Directors National Association, NAfME – The National Association for Music Education, Ohio Music Education Association, and Phi Beta Mu (President Elect – Ohio Chapter).

Mr. Jorgensen earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, where he was a student of Mark H. Hindsley, Robert Gray and Daniel Perantoni 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, Professor 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.