Meet the Maestro

Dr. Robert Tomaro

 

SYMPHONIC CONDUCTOR

Robert Tomaro is currently Music Director of the Beloit Janesville Symphony in Beloit, Wisconsin. He had produced numerous CD's with the BJSO. Previously, he served as Music Director of the Elysian Symphony Orchestra. 

 

A graduate of Northwestern University and New York University, he recieved a Masters Degree and a Ph. D. in composition while serving as Music Director of the New York University Orchestra. He subsequently served on the faculties of St. John University in New York and rutgers University in New Jersey. Currently, he is a Professor of Music at Beloit College in Wisconsin, where he holds the Shogren Family Conducting Chair.

 

Robert Tomaro  is a member of Kappa Delta Pi and Pi Kappa Lambda, the national honor societies in education and music education, and a winner of the  New Jersey Council on the Arts Fellowship Award for Symphonic Composition. In 1991, he was appointed as an Honorary Member of the Board of Directors of the association Nationale de Musique de Chambre in Paris, France.

 

In 1996, he was honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for conducting the recording of the Emmy Award winning score for the Los Angeles Marathon. 

 

His articles on music and contemporary composers have been published in The Groves Dictionary of Music in London.  The Journal of New Music research in The Netherlands and several domestic periodicals including The Instrumentalist and Band and Orchestra Magazine.

 

In adition to his symphonic conducting career, Dr. Tomaro is a composer and jazz guitarist. 

 

He is a recording artist  is both a composter and conductor for MMC and Capstone Records. His recent CD with The London Symphony (MMC 2085) has just been released to excellent reviews. It features two of his own works as well as his vibrant interpretation of Copland's Symphony No. 3.. In addition to his symphonic compositions, Dr. Tomaro has composed extensively for film, theater, jazz ensemble, ballet and modern dance.

 

Robert Tomaro is a former student of legendary Jazz Guitarist and teacher Jack Cecchini. He has performed in concert with such jazz luminaries as Bill Evans, Carles Mingus and Stephane Grapelli. He has also performed in the original Broadway productions of many musicals, including The Lion King, Barnum, Les Miserables, Dancin', Evita, Tommy, and I Love My Wife. 

Conductor Robert Tomaro's recent engagements include concerts and recordings with The London Symphony Orchestra, The Slovak Radio Orchestra, The Silensian Philharmonic Orchestra of Poland, The Black Sea Philharmonic of Rumania, The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra of the Czech Republic and many orchestras throughout the United States. He has toured extensively throughout Scandinavia, England, France, and Eastern Europe. 

He was recently honored to be chosen by Maestro Christoph Eschenbach as one of eight conductors in The Christoph Eschenbach International masterclass with the Crakow Sinfonietta in Crakow, Poland.

 

Past Experience 

Grand Pops Orchestra

Principal Guest Conductor

Dubuque, Iowa

2011- Present

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra

Guest Conductor

Dubuque, Iowa

2011- Present

Santa Cruz County Symphony

Guest Conductor

Music Director Finalist

Santa Cruz, California

September 2012

Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra

Music Director

Beloit and Janesville Wisconsin

1999 - present

Lima Symphony Orchestra

Guest Conductor

Lima, Ohio

December 2011

Powder River Symphony Orchestra

Guest Conductor

Music Director Finalist

Gillette, Wyoming

October 2010

Rockford Symphony Orchestra

Guest Conductor

Rockford, Illinois

March 2004

December 2000

Krakow Sinfonietta

Guest Conductor

Engagement at the invitation of Maestro Christoph Eschenbach

Krakow, Poland

March 2002

Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra

Guest Conductor

Fort Wayne, Indiana

February 2002

Northbrook Symphony Orchestra

Guest Conductor

Northbrook, Illinois

Novermber 2000

Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra

Guest Conductor

Concert and CD recording for MMC Records (MMC 2085)

Olomouc, Czech Republic

June 1998 

Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra

Guest Conductor

Conducted the premiere of The Bridge of Souls, Part II by Robert Tomaro, commissioned

by Dr. Madeleine Schatz and the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra and delivered a guest lecture at the University of Alaska

Fairbanks, Alaska 

March 1998

Black Sea Philharmonic Orchestra

Guest Conductor

Performed at the Rumanian-American Music Festival. Concerts included the premieres

of new American works and CD recordings for Capstone Records (“Black Sea Idyll” CPS 8648)

Constanta, Rumania

August 1996

London Symphony Orchestra

Principal Guest Conductor

Conducted CD recording at EMI Abbey Road Studios for MMC Records (MMC 2085):

Robert Tomaro Conducts, including the premiere recording of The Bridge of Souls, Part I by Robert Tomaro

London, England

July 1996

Elysian Symphony Orchestra

Guest Conductor

Founded the professional orchestra of Northern New Jersey. Designed fund raising programs, school seminars and pre-concert lectures for students

Hoboken, New Jersey

1994 - 1999

County College of Morris Symphony Orchestra

Music Director

Morris County, New Jersey

1995 - 1997

New York University Symphony Orchestra

Music Director

New York, New York

1989-1994

Constanta Philharmonic Orchestra

Guest Conductor

Concerts and CD recordings for Capstone Records at the Rumanian – American Music Festival

Constanta, Rumania

August 1995

Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

Produced CD recording for MMC Records (MMC 2065)

Bratislava, Slovakia

July 1995

Hayes Symphony Orchestra

Principal Guest Conductor

Responsible for rehearsal and performance of annual summer concerts

London, England

1994 - 1998

Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra

Guest Conductor

Conducted CD recording for MMC Records (MMC 2028), including the premiere recording of Celestial Navigation by Robert Tomaro

January 1994

Katovice, Poland

National Symphony Orchestra of Poland

Guest Conductor

Zlin, Czech Republic

August 1992

Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra

Guest Conductor

Zlin, Czech Republic

August 1992

 

Responsible for all subscription series and Pops concerts, creating and designing all concert series, including choosing repertoire and selecting soloists. Responsible for auditioning, selecting and managing all orchestra personnel. Works closely with the

Board of Directors in all fund raising activities, community outreach and educational programs. Maintains a full schedule of school visits and lectures. Produced the first six CD’s in the orchestra’s history, secured funding for full season concert broadcasts and television advertising, created an annual High School Student Composition Competition and an award winning middle school student composition program: Composing Kids: Making Music With the Maestro.

 

Education

Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Composition

New York University

1994

Master of Arts Degree in Composition

New York University

1989

Bachelor of Science Degree in Theater Arts

Northwestern University

1973

Piano Note

Major Teachers

Christoph Eschenbach

2002

Selected by Maestro Eschenbach for his International Master class in Conducting with the Krakow Sinfonietta, Krakow, Poland

Pierre Boulez

1995

Conducting Workshop, Cleveland Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, New York City

 

Michael Morgan, Paul Vermel, Samuel Jones, Samuel Adler, Karel Husa, Donald Portnoy

1993 - 1994

The Conductors’ Institute, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina

Michael Charry

Manhattan School of Music

Vladmir Kin

Private Study

Tsung Yeh
1992

The International Conducting Workshop, Zlin, Czech Republic

 

Awards, Honors, Scholarships

Double Grammy Nominee for Best Producer

2016

Double Grammy Nominee for Best Producer

2014

Best in Show (Highest Award)

2013

Award of Excellence (Highest Award)

January 5 - June 13, 2026

Finalist - The American Prize in Composition

2013

State of Wisconsin Award for Achievement in Education and
Community Relations

2011

Appointed Music Director for Life of the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra

2010

Annual ASCAP Special Award for Symphonic Composition

1998 - present

Planet Z featuring Violinist Susan Aquila, music by Rob Tomaro – CD recording

2011

Commissioned to compose The Mindset Suite: The Things We Hold Dear

2011

Commissioned to compose The Call

2008

Commissioned to compose The Dream Palace

2005

Shogren Conductor Chair

1999 - 2014

New Jersey Council on the Arts Grant Recipient

1998

Commissioned to compose and conduct the premiere The Bridge of Souls, Part II

1997

Honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

1997

Elected to Pi Kappa Lambda

1992

Elected to Kappa Delta Pi

1992

Elected as an Honorary Member of the Board of Directors

1991

Winner of the New York University Graduate Composition Award

1991

Awarded a New York University Graduate Fellowship

1988 - 1991

Award for Symphonic Composition for

Celestial Navigation for symphony orchestra

1988

ASCAP Award for Symphonic Composition

1987 - 2007

Meet the Composer Grant, New York City Chapter

1984 - 1987

Moore Foundation Grant for Symphonic Composition

1987

Introductory Course

January 5 - June 13, 2026

 

CD Recordings

Miss Conduct

CD recording for Susan Aquila (Original Kitchen Records). Five

Grammy Nominations in 2016

Broken Angel

CD Recording featuring Susan Aquila, (Original Kitchen Records),

Rockford, Illinois – Co-Producer, composer, arranger. Five Grammy Nominations in 2014

Planet Z featuring Susan Aquila – Music by Rob Tomaro

Blue Chair Enterprises 001

Robert Tomaro Conducts The London Symphony Orchestra

London, England

MMC Records – MMC 2085

MMC Orchestral Miniatures – Volume V

Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

Bratislava, Slovakia

MMC Records – MMC 2081

MMC New Century – Volume VI

Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra

Katovice, Poland

MMC Records, MMC 2028

Black Sea Idyll

The Black Sea Philharmonic Orchestra

Constanta, Rumania

Capstone Records – CPS 8648

The Art of the State

Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra

Beloit, Wisconsin

Discover Wisconsin Music – 59175-2 DWP, Inc.

Beethoven Symphony No. 3

Debussy – Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra

Beloit, Wisconsin

Fiftieth Anniversary Recording

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3

With Lori Sims

Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra

Beloit, Wisconsin

Beethoven Symphony No. 9

Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Beloit, Wisconsin

Baroque Masterworks

Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra

Beloit, Wisconsin

Baroque Masterworks, II

Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra

Beloit, Wisconsin

Carmina Burana

Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Beloit, Wisconsin

Planet Z – featuring Susan Aquila – Music by Rob Tomaro

Blue Chair Enterprises -0001

 

Literary Accomplishments

Published Work

Dark Whisper

Novel published in 2016 by Etopia Press. Available on Amazon. Com

and all digital outlets.

Becky and The Worm

Novel, which has just been turned into a screenplay by Linda

Jacobsen for Amazon Prime

Moses, Louis and Jerome

Short story published in Tribes, the literary quarterly of Tribeca in New York City

Published Work

Literary Accomplishments

Dark Whisper

Novel published in 2016 by Etopia Press. Available on Amazon. Com

and all digital outlets.

Becky and The Worm

Novel, which has just been turned into a screenplay by Linda

Jacobsen for Amazon Prime

Moses, Louis and Jerome

Short story published in Tribes, the literary quarterly of Tribeca in New York City

The Rock River Times

Serving Northern Illinois and the Wisconsin Stateline Area – November, 2013 to present – serving as Arts Correspondent

Cashbox Magazine

Currently serving as Classical Music Editor for Cashbox Magazine, Canada, and Jazz and Classic Music Critic for Cashbox Magazine, U.S.

New Groves Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Seventh Edition

London, 1997. “The Music of Elliot Sharp.”

London, 1997. “The Music of Francis Thorne.”

Journal for New Music Research

Swets & Zeitliner, Lisse, The Netherlands, Vol. 23, Fall 1994 “Contemporary Compositional Techniques for The Electric

Guitar in United States Concert Music”