robinRobin Fountain is Professor of Conducting at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. He is also in demand as a guest conductor, with recent engagements including concerts with the Singapore Symphony, the Tennessee Philharmonic, the Louisiana Philharmonic, and L’Orchestre Philharmonique Sainte Trinité (Haiti). He has recorded for Parma/Naxos, Novona, and Blue Griffin records, most recently Michael Kurek’s Symphony No. 2 with the European Recording Orchestra, Sofia, Bulgaria (promotional video here).

Under Fountain's leadership, the orchestra program at the Blair School of Music has featured two tours of China, recordings, performances of important but rarely heard works (for example Bernstein’s Mass), and the commissioning of new music (for example Tracy Silverman’s Love Song to the Sun). The program has a strong focus on ensemble skills, the development of which is the subject of his recent book “The Ensemble Musician,” co-written with Vanderbilt Wind Symphony conductor Thomas Verrier. He has won Vanderbilt’s Madison-Sarratt Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the Blair School of Music’s Faculty Excellence Award.

Maestro Fountain recently concluded his tenure as Music Director of Southwest Michigan Symphony. Over fourteen seasons with the orchestra, he led a transformation of the orchestra’s performance level, repertoire, and scope, creating a summer series (The Water’s Edge), a choral partnership (the SMSO Symphony Chorus), and a teaching program for underserved youth (Music Makers).

Educated at Oxford University, The Royal College of Music in London (where he studied with Norman Del Mar and Christopher Adey), and at Carnegie Mellon University, Robin Fountain was an Aspen Conducting Fellow. He was also privileged to have the opportunity to train with members of the famed Berlin Philharmonic at The Conductors Lab in Aix-en-Provence.