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Dr. Rob

Guest Conductor, Ultimate Rock Hits

Conductor, Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra

Dr. Rob Stull has been the conductor of the Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra since 2020. During his time, he has worked to program a combination of canonical symphonic repertoire and selections by living composers. Dr. Stull also serves as Assistant Professor of Music and the Director of Instrumental Activities at Clarke University. His responsibilities include leading the string orchestra, wind ensemble, and jazz ensemble. Additionally, he teaches courses in world music and woodwinds techniques, as well as applied woodwind studies. Through a partnership with Clarke University and Dubuque’s professional wind band, Dr. Stull is starting his third season as director and conductor of the Julien Winds.

Dr. Stull actively promotes new music and takes particular interest in concert performances employing multi-media, including visual art and film. World premieres include Memories of Old Oak by Bradley Kirkendall and Unease by Dubuque native, Luke Flynn. His love for multi-media performances stems from his many years as a resident artist at Pittsburgh Musical Theater. In 2022, Dr. Stull conducted the Rise Up Strong! media project. Dr. Amy Dunker’s composition celebrates human resilience through the COVID-19 pandemic, and was made possible through support from the American Rescue Plan Arts Grant-Artists. Since returning to live music-making after the pandemic, he has conducted pieces by contemporary composers Kelly Bennette, Stephanie Ann Boyd, Nicole Piunno, and Augusta Read Thomas.

Dr. Stull holds a Doctor of Music Arts degree in Wind Studies from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. During his time there, he studied with Drs. Michael Holzman and Terence Milligan. He also earned a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from Indiana State University, studying with Dr. John Boyd, as well as a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.