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Leroy J. Robertson, American composer. Awarded Endicott prize for Overture Emin, Boston, 1923; 1st place for Quintet for Piano and Strings, Society for Public of America Music, New York, 1936; $350.00 prize for Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra, Utah Institute of Fine Arts, 1945; Reichhold award of $25,000.00 for Trilogy, 1947; New York Critics Circle award for String Quartet in E Minor, 1941.


Robertson, Leroy J. was born on December 21, 1896 in Fountain Green, Utah, United States. Son of Jasper Heber and Alice (Adams) Robertson.


Diploma, N.E. Conservatory of Music, Boston (studied under Chadwick), 1923. Student of Carl Busch, 1925, Ernest Bloch, 1930, 32, Hugo Leichtentritt, 1933. A.M., Brighman Young U., 1932.

Doctor of Philisophy, University of Southern California, 1954. Naomi Nelson, September 1, 1925.


And head music department Brigham Young U., 1925-1948. Professor head music department University of Utah, 1948-1962. Chamber music played by Chicago, Walden, W.Q.X.R. (New York), N.B.C., Hart House, Lener, San Francisco, Roth, Paganini and other string quartets.

Orchestral works performed by Brigham Young U., Utah, Houston, C.B.S., N.B.C., Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Athens, Detroit, Philadelphia, Toronto symphony orchs., New York, Berlin, Israeli philharmonics. Performances throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, Orient and Australia. Works recorded by Columbia, Vanguard, Society for Preservation American Musical Heritage.

Chairman executive music committee Latter Day Saints Church, 1963-1969, consultant to general music committee until 1971.


Member Phi Beta Kappa, Kappa Gamma Psi, A.S.C.A.P. Minor, 1941. Member Phi Beta Kappa, Kappa Gamma Psi, A.S.C.A.P. Fellow Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters.

Compositions include: (chamber music) Quintet for Piano and Strings in A Minor, String Quartet in E Minor, American Serenade for String Quartet.


Children: Alice Marian, Renee, Karen Naomi, James Leroy Professor.

Jasper Heber Robertson

Alice (Adams) Robertson

Alice Marian Robertson

Renee Robertson

Karen Naomi Robertson

James Leroy Prof Robertson