International Schools Choral Music Society

Dr Robert Hasty

Artistic Director
I am proud to work alongside these incredible music students and teachers in ISCMS, and I continue to welcome the society's development in the coming years.
Robert Hasty, Lyric Magazine, February 2014
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Dr. Robert G. Hasty is the Music Director of the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra and conductor of the Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia and Summer Orchestra at the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University where he also serves as the Associate Director of Orchestras.

Dr. Hasty began his career teaching music in the public schools in Southern California; this included tenure in administration as the District Music Coordinator of the Capistrano Unified School District where he supervised the K-12 music education program and its staff of 39 teachers. He also served an elected term as Vice President in charge of String Education for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association.

A noted researcher in music cognition, Dr. Hasty has been an author for two publications delivered at the 7th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition in Sydney, Australia. A book on his research on conducting has recently been published: “Critical Listening While Conducting”. The European Society for Cognitive Sciences of Music invited him to speak at their conference in Portugal on these studies.

As a conductor, Dr. Hasty is currently the music director for the Merit Symphony Orchestra in Chicago and has performed with the All-American College Orchestra at Walt Disney World, Beijing Youth Orchestra, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, Irvine Youth Symphony, La Primavera Orchestra, Metropolis Youth Symphony, National High School Music Institute Orchestra, Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, NU Opera, and the NU Contemporary Music Ensemble. His performances have been broadcast on WFMT in Chicago. Dr. Hasty’s international engagements include two sold-out performances at the National Concert Hall of Taipei, Taiwan, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, China, and at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center Concert Hall in Shanghai, China. He is sought-after as an honor orchestra conductor, conducting honor groups in California, Illinois, Iowa and Michigan. He is a member of the conducting faculty at the Bienen School of Music teaching both class and private studies in the discipline.

Dr. Hasty continues to perform as a freelance violinist and violist. The Aliso Viejo Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has served as concertmaster, the Capistrano Valley Symphony, and the Mozart Classical Orchestra are a few of the ensembles that have requested his violin services. Dr. Hasty was the violist on the world premiere of Kathy Henkel's Moorland Sketches, which was broadcast on KUSC-FM Los Angeles. Currently, he is living out a long-held musical fantasy as a fiddler, performing and recording with the band for singer-songwriter Christina Trulio (ASCAP).