Robert Rodriguez

Chair in Art and Aesthetic Studies
Professor of Music
Tags: Aesthetics Music Composition Music Performance Social & Cultural History

Professional Preparation

DMA - Musical Arts (Composition)
University of Southern California - 1975
BM - Music (Composition)
University of Texas at Austin - 1969
MM - Music (Composition)
University of Texas at Austin - 1967


146 Works (Complete Catalog) published by G. Schirmer, NY 2020 - publications


University Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2006–Present]
University of Texas at Dallas [1990–2006]
Associate Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [1978–1990]
Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [1975–1978]
University of Southern California [1973–1975]


Guggenheim Followship - Guggenheim Foundation [1975]
Prix Lili Boulanger - U of Mass (Boston) [1975]
Prix de Composition Musicale - Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco [1971]

Additional Information

  •  ALBANY (TROY 740)    Tango
  •  FIRST EDITION (0027)    Oktoechos, FalJola Boccaccesca, The Song ofSongs
  •  ALBANY (TROY 672)    Flight
  •  ALBANY (TROY 430)    Forbidden Fire, Con Flor y Canto, Scrooge
  •  GASPARO (GSCD 348)    Il Lamento di Tristano
  •  CRI (CD 773)    Les Niais Amoureux
  •  CRI (CD 824)    Frida Concert Suite, Tango
  •  URTEXT (SBCC014)    Lull-a-Bear
  •  NEWPORT (85536)    Tango di Tango
  •  LOUISVILLE (5793)    Favola Boccaccesca
  •  CRYSTAL (5233)    My Lady O:zrey's Dompe
  •  ORION (ORS 76212)    Variations for Violin and Piano  
  •  ORION (ORS 74159)    Concerto III for Piano and Orchestra; Concert Suite from Monteverdi's L'OrJeo
  •  ORION (ORS 74138)    O:znto, Lyric Variations; Concert Suite from Monteverdi's 'Incoronazione di Poppea
  •  CRYSTAL (5105)    Sonata in One Movement
  •  1980-19    ASCAP Awards
  •  2001    Aaron Copland Award
  •  1999    Grammy Nomination - Voices of Change recording of Les Niais Amoureux
  •  1998    NEA Composer-in-Residence Grant
  •  1995    Distinguished Alumnus Award, School of Music, USC
  •  1990    NEA Fellowship Grant
  •  1984    NEA Fellowship Grant
  •  1980    Goddard Lieberson Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters
  •  1979    National Arts Associate, SAl
  •  1979    NEA Fellowship Grant
  •  1977    Cite des Arts Residency - Paris, France
  •  1976    Camargo Foundation Residency - Cassis, France
  •  1976    Rockefeller Foundation Villa Serbelloni Residency - Bellagio, Italy
  •  1976    Guggenheim Fellowship
  •  1975    NEA Fellowship Grant
  •  1975    Prix LiLi Boulanger (Harvard University - judged by Elliott Carter, Walter Piston, Aaron Copland)
  •  1973    Young Musicians Foundation Competition
  •  1972    Crofts Fellowship, Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood
  •  1971    Prix Prince Pierre de Monaco (President of Jury - George Auric)
  •  1971    Young Musicians Foundation Competition
Representative Performances
  •  Aeolian Chamber Players (New York)
  •  Alabama Symphony
  •  American Music Theatre Festival
  •  American Repertory Theater
  •  Aspen Festival Orchestra
  •  Badisches Staatstheater
  •  Baltimore Symphony
  •  Boston Symphony
  •  Boston University Opera Workshop
  •  Bowdoin Festival Orchestra
  •  Buffalo Symphony
  •  Carlos Chavez Orchestra
  •  Carnegie-Mellon University
  •  Cervantino Festival, Guanajuato, Mexico
  •  Chautauqua Festival Orchestra
  •  Chicago Symphony
  •  Cinnabar Opera Theater
  •  City Summer Opera (San Francisco)
  •  Cleveland Orchestra
  •  Columbus Symphony
  •  Dallas Ballet
  •  Dallas Opera
  •  Dallas Symphony
  •  Dayton Philharmonic
  •  Eastman Wind Ensemble/New Music Ensemble
  •  Edinburgh Festival
  •  Fulcrum Point Ensemble
  •  Houston Symphony
  •  Houston Grand Opera
  •  Indianapolis Symphony
  •  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
  •  Juilliard School of Music (Focus Series)
  •  Kansas City Symphony
  •  Lake George Opera
  •  Los Angeles Philharmonic
  •  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
  •  Louisville Symphony Orchestra
  •  Lyric Opera of Kansas City
  •  Mexico City Philharmonic
  •  Michigan Opera Theater
  •  Milwaukee Symphony
  •  Music Today Series (New York)
  •  National Opera of Mexico
  •  National Symphony
  •  New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble
  •  New Music America (Houston)
  •  Michigan Opera Theater
  •  New York City Opera
  •  North Carolina Symphony
  •  Oberlin New Music Ensemble
  •  Opera Colorado
  •  Opera Pacific
  •  Orlando Opera
  •  Pacific Symphony
  •  Pennsylvania Opera Theater
  •  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  •  Quintette Pro Arte (Monte Carlo)
  •  San Antonio Festival
  •  San Antonio Symphony
  •  San Jose Symphony
  •  Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra
  •  Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
  •  St. Louis Symphony
  •  Spokane Symphony
  •  Syracuse Symphony
  •  Tanglewood Festival Orchestra
  •  Texas Boys' Choir
  •  Toronto Radio Symphony
  •  20th-Century Consort (Washington, D.C.)
  •  University of Texas at Austin Opera Theater
  •  Vienna Schauspielhaus
  •  Voices of Change (Dallas)
  •  Washington (D.C.) Oratorio Society
  •  Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra (London)

News Articles

Prof Debuts Musical Composition Based on Children's Book
Robert Xavier Rodríguez, an internationally renowned composer and professor of music at UT Dallas, will debut an original composition based on the children’s book The Dot and the Line at theMeyerson Symphony Center. The book was written by Norton Juster and is about a “sensible straight Line” that is hopelessly in love with a “Dot.” The Dot, meanwhile, only has eyes for a “wild and unkempt Squiggle.” In the end, the Line triumphs when he learns to bend in new and dazzling ways. The musical piece comes as a part of the program Stories in Music with Jamie Bernstein. Bernstein, daughter of legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, will join the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to bring to life the classic tales by Juster, as well as favorite numbers from West Side Story and Candide.