Robert Sanderl

Robert Sanderl's Biography

Robert Sanderl is a native of Upstate New York, and is a percussion performer, educator, composer, and pedagogue in the United States.

Sanderl is Associate Professor of Percussion at Radford University in Radford, Virginia, where he is director of the award winning Radford University Percussion Ensemble. Over the last six years, the ensemble has welcomed guest artists from all over the world to perform concerts with the group, as well as performed internationally and at venues in the United States such as the Kennedy Center. The Radford Percussion Ensemble has also helped to commission multiple new works for percussion over the past three years.

Sanderl has performed with a wide variety of groups including The Roanoke Symphony, Alarm Will Sound, Jazz Contingent, and the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, to name a few, displaying his versatility as a performer and percussionist. He has also performed for composers such as Steve Reich, George Crumb, Jeff Tyzik, John Zorn, and Sydney Hodkinson. Sanderl has performed throughout the United States and in Europe, including the International Percussion Ensemble week in Croatia.

As a composer, he has works for solo and ensemble percussion published through Honeyrock and C Alan that have been performed in the United States and Europe. Sanderl has contributed articles to Teaching Music Magazine and Percussive Notes, as well as presented clinics at both The NAfME National Conference and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. He has presented master classes at various festivals and universities throughout the United States and Europe, and is in demand as a performer and educator.

Sanderl received his bachelor’s in music education with a Performer’s Certificate from the Crane School of Music, and his Masters of Music and Doctorate of Music Arts from The Eastman School of Music along with the coveted Performer’s Certificate. Sanderl has had the privilege to study with Jim Petercsak, John Beck, Bill Cahn, John Riley, Ernest Muzquiz, and John Pratt.

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