The Duquesne University Wind Symphony has distinguished itself through performances at national MENC and CBDNA conventions, and at numerous regional and PMEA state conventions. The ensemble has hosted numerous guest artists and composers including Norman Dello Joio, Morton Gould, Michael Daugherty, Donald Sinta, Brian Bowman, Allen Vizutti, H. Robert Reynolds, Eugene Corporon, and many others. In 2000, the Wind Symphony was featured at the International Poetry Forum with Brooke Shields and James Earl Jones, and in 2004 the ensemble made its debut in New York at Carnegie Hall. Former students turned composers include William Brett Dietz, winner of the 2001 H. Robert Reynolds Composition Prize, and Samuel R. Hazo, winner of the 2003 William D. Revelli Composition Competition. Other graduates now hold conducting positions with major university and professional ensembles, including oboist Rossen Milanova, who currently serves as associate conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra.


Robert Cameron has enjoyed a career of working with bands for more than a quarter century. He is Professor and Director of Bands at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University and holds degrees from the Universities of Miami, Michigan and Maryland. During his tenure at Duquesne he has been responsible for having brought the wind band program into a position of high national visibility. Under his leadership, the Wind Symphony has been selected through audition on three separate occasions, to perform for the CBDNA (College Band Directors National Association), including the Golden Anniversary CBDNA National Convention held in Kansas City in 1991. The Wind Symphony has also twice been selected to perform for the PMEA Conferences and in March 2000 performed for the MENC National Convention in Washington DC. On March 3, 2001, the Duquesne Wind Ensemble again performed for the MENC Eastern Division Convention. Dr. Cameron and the Duquesne University Wind Symphony made their Carnegie Hall debut in New York in April 2004. Over the past 15 years, the ensemble has hosted numerous internationally known composers and guest soloists. Dr. Cameron has appeared as guest conductor with the United States Air Force Band on several occasions and at other universities as well. He has also conducted events for the International Poetry Forum, including a March, 2000 performance featuring James Earl Jones and Brooke Shields. He is founder and director of Duquesne's annual Art of Wind Ensemble/Band Conducting symposium which is in its twelfth season. It has drawn high school, college and military band conductors from throughout the United States, Ireland and Singapore. Prior to his arrival at Duquesne University, Dr. Cameron held a similar position at St. Mary's College of Maryland, where he personally developed a widely recognized college wind program. The St. Mary's College Wind Ensemble was selected in 1982 to perform with the Eastman and Netherlands Wind Ensembles at the Eastern CBDNA Convention. In 1983 the St. Mary's College Wind Ensemble was chosen to appear at the MENC Convention in Boston. His first teaching experience was in the public schools of Texas and Maryland where his ensembles were awarded Texas Sweepstakes and received superior medals at the Bermuda and Ottawa International Music Festivals. Dr. Cameron continues to maintain an active interest in public school music; he frequently appears at regional and state festivals. In 1994 he was guest conductor for the high school division at the International Music Camp and in 1997 was guest conductor for the Ark-La-Tex Tri-State Band Festival. In 1990 and 1992 he conducted the Royal Thai Army Band and Symphony Orchestra in nationally televised broadcasts. Dr. Cameron's setting of Franz Biebl's Ave Maria, published by Boosey and Hawkes, was voted one of the best band publications of the 20th century by Band World Magazine, and he is a contributing author to Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Volume III, published by Boosey and Hawkes.