H. Robert Reynolds is the Principal Conductor of the Wind Ensemble at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California where he holds the H. Robert Reynolds Professorship in Wind Conducting. This appointment followed his retirement from the School of Music of the University of Michigan where he served as the Henry F. Thurnau Professor of Music, Director of University Bands, and Director of the Division of Instrumental Studies.
In 2019, Robert Reynolds was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, and in 2010 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Duquesne University. He holds degrees in Music Education and Performance from the University of Michigan. He began his career in the public schools of Michigan and California before beginning his university conducting at California State University at Long Beach, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Michigan. He received the Citation of Merit from the Music Alumni Association of the University of Michigan and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Michigan Band Alumni Association
Professor Reynolds is Past President of the College Band Directors’ Association, and he is the first recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award. He has received the highest national awards from Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Beta Mu, the National Band Association, and the American School Band Directors’ Association, and he was awarded the “Medal of Honor” by the International Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.
Robert Reynolds has been a featured conductor and lecturer around the world. Many of his former students now hold major conducting positions at leading conservatories and universities, and several have been National Presidents of CBDNA.