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G. Roberts Kolb directed choral activities at Hamilton for 36 years. He conducts Tapestry, the All-Centuries Singers, and is past conductor of the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble and the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble. Kolb is a contributing author to Up Front: Becoming the Complete Choral Conductor and Six Centuries of Choral Music. He formerly held the Christian A. Johnson Excellence in Teaching Chair and the Marjorie and Robert W. McEwen Chair at Hamilton. He earned a master's at California State University at Fullerton and a D.M.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Recent Courses Taught

  • From Words to Song
  • Music in Europe Before 1750
  • Medieval and Renaissance Music
  • Topics in Music: The Cantatas of J. S. Bach
  • Topics in Music: The Vocal Quartets of Brahms
  • Topics in Music: Editing Renaissance Music
  • Conducting
  • Musicianship
  • Hamilton College Choir
  • Hamilton College and Community Oratorio Society/Masterworks Chorale
  • College Hill Singers
  • College Hill Camerata

Selected Publications

  • “Choral Repertoire and Programming” in Up Front: Becoming the Complete Choral Conductor, ed. Guy B. Webb, E. C. Schirmer, 1993.
  • “Bouzignac: Te Deum and Motets” [notes for recording by Les Arts Florissants, William Christie, director], harmonia mundi, 1993.
  • “The Vocal Quartets of Johannes Brahms,” Five Centuries of Choral Music, ed. Gordon Paine, Pendragon Press, 1988.
  • Tours Ms. 168: The Music of Bouzignac. University Microfilms, Ann Arbor, Mich., 1984.

College Service

  • Chair, Department of Music, fall 1992, 2005-09, spring 2011, 2013-present
  • Faculty Committee on Budget and Finance, 2000-02, 2007-11, FA2013 (chair, 2000-01, 2007-09)
  • Chair, search committee for Couper librarian, 2011-12
  • Membership Committee, Phi Beta Kappa chapter, 2010-present, 2005-09, 1992-93, 1984-86
  • Planning Committee, 2006-09
  • Chair, Strategic Plan Subcommittee on Student Recruitment and Retention, 2007-08
  • Committee on Appointments, 1992-1993, 2002-05, 2015-16
  • Presidential Task Force on Academic and Student Life, 2004
  • Chair, search committee for vice president for administration and finance, 2000-01
  • Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid, spring 2007, 1999-2003
  • Ad hoc committee on Hamilton-Colgate collaboration, 1999-2000
  • Mellon Task Force on Liberal Arts and Assessment, 1999-2000
  • Chair of the faculty, 1989-1992
  • Academic Council, 1989-1992, spring 2000
  • Vice-President’s Advisory Committee, 1998-2000
  • Committee on Student Fellowships, 1988-89, 1990-1994
  • Medieval/Renaissance Studies Committee, 1991-93
  • Committee on Academic Policy, 1984-87 (chair, 1985-87)
  • Committee on Academic Standing, Spring 1984
  • Committee on Cultural Activities, 1982-1984
  • President, Phi Beta Kappa chapter, 1988-90
  • Vice president, Phi Beta Kappa chapter, 1986-88

Professional Affiliations

American Choral Directors Association
American Musicological Society
Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Mu Alpha
Pi Kappa Lambda

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

D.M.A., University of Illinois
M.A., California State University, Fullerton
School of Theology at Claremont
A.B., Occidental College

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