Dr. Rob Franzblau serves as Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Rhode Island College, a position he has held since 1997. In addition to conducting the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds, his duties include teaching courses in music education at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Dr. Franzblau earned the Bachelor of Music from the University of Iowa; studied conducting with John P. Paynter at Northwestern University, earning a Master of Music; and received his Ph.D. in music education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His dissertation, titled "Aesthetic Education as a Subversive Activity" explored the unique freelance music education activities of composer Robert Kapilow. This research has influenced Franzblau's own career in several "What Makes It Great?" educational concerts, presented at local, state, and national levels, exploring the wind music of Mozart, Sousa, and Grainger.
He is the founder and conductor of the Rhode Island Wind Orchestra, a chamber wind ensemble of professional musicians. For the past three years he has served as Assistant Conductor and Acting Artistic Director of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony, a Boston-area adult community band. Previous college teaching experience includes positions as Director of Bands at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska, and Marching Band Director at the University of Louisville. Public school teaching experience includes five years in Wisconsin. He continues to serve the band and music education professions in the northeast as past president of the New England College Band Association. He is active as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator for bands throughout the country.