Robert Butts

Conductor ● Composer ● Educator

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Meet Maestro Robert W. Butts

  • Maestro Robert W. Butts
  • Maestro Butts Conducting Tchaikovsky
  • Maestro Butts with BONJ
  • Maestro Butts Introduces his newest composition
  • Maestro Butts in Verona, Italy
  • Maestro Butts at The National Opera Center, New York City
  • Bob at Washington's Headquarters, Morristown
  • Maestro Butts at Washington Square
  • Maestro Butts in London
  • Maestro Butts in Western New Jersey
  • Maestro Butts Discusses the Music of Richard Strauss
  • Finale concert of Wagner, Strauss, Hubler and Mozart

Dr. Robert W. Butts has shared his passion, enthusiasm and knowledge of music through his work as conductor, composer, educator, writer, and lecturer.  He has conducted major orchestra and opera performances in New Jersey as well as guest appearances in Europe, most recently making his Italian debut in Crema with a performance of Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona and the world premiere of his composition Saturnalia Strings.   His Early Morning Suite for classical guitar has been featured in recitals in Italy and England as well as in the United States.   He teaches in the Casperson School of Graduate Studies at Drew Univeristy and at Montclair State University.   He lectures regularly for New Jersey Council for the Humanities.   He has recieved awards from Morris Arts and The American Prize and recently recieved the 2016 Tourism Award from The Morris County Tourism Bureau.   In May 2016, he led a performance of Alessandro Scarlatti's la Giuditta which he edited from the original 1693 manuscript found in the archives of the Washington's Headquarters Museum in Morristown, New Jersey and has created a documentary film about the manuscript and performing the oratoiro.  He has presented major scholarly papers at session of The American Musicological Society, The Sonneck Society, and The Country Music Conference.

Private Lectures

Discover the passion and pleasures of great music.   Dr. Butts has created the series Concerts & Conversations, combining discussion of the music with excerpts from his critically acclaimed performances.   Individually designed talks and courses are available for presentation to your library or church group, your school program, or privately for you and your friends.  

Score Composition

Dr Butts is one of New Jersey's leading composers - creating works for orchestra, chamber ensemble and theater.