Jordan College of Fine Arts
School of Music

Dr. Robert Grechesky, music education, conductor, euphonium

Dr. Robert Grechesky is Director of Bands and Professor of Music in the Jordan College of Fine Arts at Butler University. In addition to his duties with the band, he teaches conducting, music education courses, euphonium, and band history and literature. He holds a B.A. degree from Rutgers University, and M.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Music Education and Conducting from the University of Wisconsin. He holds memberships and offices in the American Bandmasters Association (ABA), the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), the National Band Association (NBA), the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), the International Society for the Investigation and Promotion of Wind Music (IGEB), the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), the Vaughan Williams Society, the Percy Grainger Society, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Beta Mu, and many others.

He is an accomplished conductor, performer, and scholar. In addition to his duties at Butler, he is Artistic Director and Conductor of both the Indianapolis Symphonic Winds, a professional wind ensemble, and the Indianapolis Brass Choir. He has an international reputation as both a conductor and a scholar; he has conducted All State bands and honor bands in several states, China, Canada, Newfoundland, England, Jamaica, and Panama. He has conducted the Butler Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble on four European tours; the first in 2000, with concerts in Vienna, Prague, and Budapest, culminating with a performance at the prestigious Mid Europe Conference for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in Schladming, Austria. The second tour, in 2005, took the Symphonic Band and the Butler Chamber Orchestra to St. Petersburg, Russia, where they represented the United States in the first International Spring Music Festival. The ensembles celebrated the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Russia by giving concerts to wildly enthusiastic audiences in three of the great halls of St. Petersburg, including the Great Philharmonic Hall (after Shostakovich). The third tour in March of 2008 visited Prague, Vienna, central Austria, Amsterdam, and culminated, under the patronage of the U. S. Embassy, in the first performance ever by an American ensemble at the Soirees Musicale de Bissen, an international music festival held in Bissen, Luxembourg. In March of 2011, the Wind Ensemble toured Greece and Italy, culminating with a performance at the Musicateneo 2011 International Music Festival in Bologna, Italy.

He has conducted the Indianapolis Brass Choir on two European tours, with concerts in Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Vienna, and Prague, Czech Republic, including a concert for the Conference of the International Society for the Promotion and Investigation of Wind Music in Lana, Italy. He has guest conducted the United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" on three occasions, the United States Army Field Band at Clowes Memorial Hall, and has collaborated with internationally known artists, including Allen Vizzutti, the American Brass Quintet, the Empire Brass Quintet, the Childs brothers, Andrea Gullickson, Andrew Russo, Zach De Pue, William Grubb, and many others.  He has given many papers and presentations at state, regional, national and international conferences, including the CBDNA, WASBE, IMEA, the Music Library Association, and the IGEB.

Dr. Grechesky is very active in the artistic community of Indianapolis, having served as Music Director for the opening of Union Station, the bands and herald trumpets of the Pan Am Games, the Opening Ceremonies of the World Gymnastics Championships, two NCAA Final Fours, the Olympic Swimming and Diving Trials, the Opening Ceremonies of the World Police and Fire Games, and many other Downtown events.

As a euphoniumist, he commissioned and premiered the Concerto for Euphonium and Wind Ensemble by Eric Ewazen and Victimae Paschali by Bradley Nelson; he also commissioned Waiting for Gounod, a work for euphonium and string orchestra by Frank Felice. He has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Harvey Phillips TubaCompany and TubaSantas, the Kokomo Park Band, the Indiana Wind Symphony, and the Philharmonia à Vent, with whom he has recorded four compact disks on the Klavier label.

He has authored two books, liner notes, and several magazine and journal articles on wind band repertoire, and his research on band music has led to editions of the wind music of Vaughan Williams, Holst, and Gliere, His edition of the Gliere Overture Solenelle has been recorded on the Chandos label by the Wind Orchestra of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England, and his Vaughan Williams editions appear on the GIA label, recorded by the University of North Texas Wind Symphony. He also serves on the Editorial Board of the "Journal of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles," is an American reader for the Fritz Thelen Prize, given biannually by the IGEB for the best dissertation on the wind band, and is a contributing author to the series of textbooks,Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. He was named 2010 "Outstanding University Music Educator" by the Indiana Music Educators Association and we selected as the 2010-2011 recipient of the James B. Calvert Lifetime Achievement Award by the Indiana Wind Symphony.

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(317) 940-9641
rgreches@butler.edu