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

  •  Dante in Music by Maria Roglieri (2001)
  •  The New Grove Dictionary of Music (2000)
  •  Doctoral dissertation by Eugenia Yau (University of Texas at Austin, 1997)
  •  Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music (1996)
  •  Biographies of Texas Composers and Musicians, Holt Music Series (1988)
  •  The New Grove Dictionary of American Music (1986)
  •  Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1985)
  •  Who's Who in American Music (1984)
  •  The American String Teacher (1984)
  •  Stagebill (1982)
  •  Leonie Rosentiel: Nadia Boulanger, A Life in Music (1982)
  •  World Book Encyclopedia Yearbook (1980)
  •  Kent Kennan: Counterpoint (Prentice-Hall, 1972)
Representative Commissions
  •  2004    Dallas Symphony (Musical Dice Game)
  •  2004    Dayton Philharmonic (Agnus Dei for Mozart C-Minor Mass)
  •  2004    Opera Colorado (La Curandera)
  •  2004    New England Conservatory/Tanglewood (percussion ensemble)
  •  2004    The Bowdoin Festival (The Food ofLove)
  •  2003    NEA/Voices of Change (The Dot and the Line)
  •  2003    Documentary Arts (score for documentary film)
  •  2003    US State Department (score for documentary film)
  •  2003    Arizona State University + consortium (Decem Perfectum)
  •  2003    Indianapolis Museum of Art (score for documentary film)
  •  2003    Winterthur Museum (score for documentary film)
  •  2002    Dayton Philharmonic (Flight)
  •  2002    University of Texas at Dallas (Incidental Music for A Midsummer Night's Dream)
  •  2002    American Composers Forum (Smash the Windows)
  •  2001    Amon Carter Museum (score for documentary film)
  •  2000    Knoxville Symphony (Tequila Sunrise)
  •  2000    Boston Symphony (The Tempest)
  •  1999    San Antonio Symphony (The l.Jlst Night ofDon Juan)
  •  1999    Murray Dranoff Two-Piano Competition (Bachanale transcription)
  •  1998    University of Miami (Forbidden Fire)
  •  1998    San Antonio Symphony (Bachanale)
  •  1997    Pacific Symphony (Hot Buttered Rumba)
  •  1996    San Antonio Symphony (Sinfonia ala Mariachi)
  •  1995    National Symphony (Fanfare for Four Trumpets and Four Conch Shells)
  •  1994    Mid-America Arts Alliance/Bella Lewitzky (Meta 4)
  •  1994    Charles Nelson (Scrooge)
  •  1993    Brooks Jones (Adoraci6n Ambulante)
  •  1993    Carlos Prieto (Mascaras)
  •  1991    American Music Theatre Festival (Frida)
  •  1991    Dallas Symphony/EI Paso Symphony (Pinata)
  •  1990    NEA/Gary Karr (Ursa)
  •  1989    Knoxville Symphony (A Gathering ofAngels)
  •  1989    International Trumpet Guild/Stephen Burns (Invocation of Orpheus)
  •  1989    Helene Wickett (Fantasia Lussuriosa)
  •  1988    San Antonio Festival (The Old Majestic)
  •  1987    The Barlow Endowment/Consortium: Bowdoin Festival and Knoxville Symphony (Jargon)
  •  1987    Consortium: Indianapolis, Syracuse and Buffalo Symphonies (A Colorful Symphony)
  •  1987    Aeolian Chamber Players (Les Niais Amoureux)
  •  1987    American Guild of Organists (Alle .. .luia)
  •  1986    The Dallas Opera (Monkey See, Monkey Do)
  •  1986    The Lyric Opera of Dallas/City of Mesquite (The Ransom ofRed Chief)
  •  1986    Richardson Symphony (Varmi'ts!)
  •  1985    San Antonio Symphony (Tango di Tango)
  •  1985    Consortium: Voices of Change, Chicago Ensemble,20th-Century Consort (Tango)

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.