Dr. Rob Deemer, D.M.A.

Dr. Rob Deemer, D.M.A.

Dr. Rob Deemer, D.M.A.



3162 Mason Hall

(716) 673-3133

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Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Texas at Austin

Institute for Composer Diversity

Recipient of the 2018 ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Internet Award, Rob Deemer is a composer, conductor, educator, author, and advocate. His works have been commissioned and performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the President’s Own Marine Band, the U.S. Army Orchestra, the wind ensembles at the University of Texas and the University of Missouri at Kansas City, the Rasçher Saxophone Quartet, loadbang, Akropolis Reed Quintet, Gaudete Brass, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, violinists Holly Mulcahy and Cornelius Dufallo, soprano Tony Arnold, flutist Lindsay Goodman, and saxophonist Zach Shemon. His work as an advocate for underrepresented composers led him to create the Institute for Composer Diversity. As an author, Deemer has become well known for his writings for NewMusicBox, Sequenza21, and the New York Times. Deemer is a Professor and the Head of Composition at the State University of New York at Fredonia.

Office Hours

By Appointment (please connect via email)

Teaching Interests

Music Composition, with specializations in composition within K-12 music education, introducing educators and performers to composing, instrumentation, orchestration, film music, notation, collaborative composition, music of the 21st Century

Research Interests

Composition - solo, chamber, choral, wind ensemble, orchestra, and dramatic works; composer diversity with focuses on women composers and composers of color; contemporary composers and their role in today's society; social media and technology in the classroom

Intellectual Contributions

  • "Improving Shared Governance through Bylaws, Technology, and Collaboration," Exploring Shared Governance in Higher Education/SUNY Press (2017).


  • With Eyes Glancing Skyward by Fredonia composer Rob Deemer. Sarah Hamilton and Nick Weiser, , YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGuCA6evtDE (2021).