Associate Professor, Music Theory and Composition
Interim Chair, Conservatory of Music
Robert Denham’s music includes works of every genre and has been performed to great acclaim across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. He has worked closely with Carl St. Clair and the Pacific Symphony Chamber Orchestra, who recently premiered his 65-minute oratorio, Under the Shadow with the Biola University Chorale. Other recent premiers include his three-movement Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (first performed by Brian Bensing and the Cambrian Symphony Orchestra) and "The Way Home" for two sopranos and piano (commissioned by the “Soprani Compagni” trio). Other champions of Denham’s music include Timothy Lees (Concertmaster, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra), Rodney Winther (Conductor, CCM Wind Symphony and Chamber Players), Elizabeth Larson (Credo Trio) and singers Susan Ali, Tyler Thompson and Joel Balzun.
The composer has written a large amount of music specifically for low brass, collaborating with some of the world’s finest tuba and bass trombone players, including Ilan Morgenstern (San Antonio Symphony), Aubrey Ford (Charlotte Symphony), Steven Maxwell (Kansas State University), Charles Koontz (Brass Pacifica), David Kirk (Houston Symphony) and Beth Mitchell (Rolling Thunder Tuba Quartet). Ilan Morgenstern’s album It’s Alive: New Music for Bass Trombone was released in 2016, and exclusively features the music of Robert Denham. The playlist includes one unaccompanied work, several pieces for bass trombone and piano and the complete "Concerto for Bass Trombone and Wind Ensemble" (recorded with Eddie Smith and the University of Redlands Wind Ensemble). See It's Alive CD for more information.
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Robert Denham holds a DMA in composition from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM) where he studied with Michael Fiday, Joel Hoffman and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. His other degrees are from UCLA (MA Composition), where he studied with Roger Bourland, Ian Krouse and the late Jerry Goldsmith, and Biola University (BM, Trumpet Performance). Dr. Denham managed the annual new music festival MusicX for four years, and currently leads the New Music Ensemble at Biola University where he serves as an Associate Professor. He is the winner of the 2017–18 American Prize (wind ensemble/band division); other recent prizes include first prize in the Flute New Music Consortium Composition Competition (solo flute with piano) and an Honorable Mention for the 2017 American Prize (choral division).
An avid conductor, and member of ASCAP, CFAMC and SCI, Denham's music is published by Cimarron Music Publishing, Falls House Press, GIA Publishing, Imagine Music Publishing, Pasquina Publishing Company, Pelican Music Publishing and Tuba Euphonium Press. For recordings and videos of his music and performances, please visit Robert Denham's website.