DMus, Northwestern University
Associate director of orchestras. Conductor of the Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia, and Summer Orchestra. Robert Hasty is a teacher, adjudicator, clinician, and violinist. In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate conducting courses at Bienen, he is also music director of the Merit Symphony Orchestra in Chicago, IL. He was formerly conductor of La Primavera Orchestra, Irvine Youth Symphony, and Metropolis Youth Symphony, as well as vice president of string education for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association. Hasty’s research interests include investigating critical listening while conducting, about which he has presented at the international meeting of the European Society for Cognitive Sciences of Music. Hasty studied conducting with Victor Yampolsky and violin with Alice Schoenfeld.