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Robert L. Sanders

educator , composer

Robert L. Sanders, American educator, composer.


Sanders, Robert L. was born on July 2, 1906 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Frank Smith and Laurilla Theresa (Smith) Sanders.


Museum B., Bush Conservatory, 1924, Master of Music, 1925. Fellow American Academy in Rome, 1925-1929. Doctor of Music, Chicago Conservatory, 1939.


August 4, 1927 (deceased September 1967). Children—Timothy, Barrett, Professor Chicago Conservatory, 1929-1938. Instructor Meadville Theological School, 1930-1938.

Organist, music director First Unitarian Church, 1930-1938. Instructor University of Chicago, 1937-1938. Assistant conductor Chicago Civic Orchestra, 1933-1936.

Professor music and dean Indiana U., 1938-1947. Professor Brooklyn College, 1947-1972, department chairman music, 1947-1954. Conductor Port Singers, Port Washington, New York, 1952-1954.

Guggenheim fellow, 1954-1955. Composer: Little Symphony in G. Ballet L’Ag’ya; Concerto for Violin.

Trombone Sonata; Trio in C Sharp Minor. Quartet; Quintet; An American Psalm, Symphony for Band: The Hollow Men. Symphony in A; Little Symphony Northern 2 in B flat.

The Mystic Trumpeter. Paeans and Prayers; Celebration of Life. Horn Sonata; Brass Trio.

Concerto for the Brass Trio. Concerto for the Brass Section. Little Symphony Northern 3 in D.

Lesson Chant Propers for the (R.C.) Mass in English. Song of Myself (Walt Whitman). Clarinet Sonata. Music co-editor of Hymns of the Spirit.

Contributor Hymns for the Celebration of Life, 1964. Unitatian-Universalist. Home: Deiray Beach, Florida.


  • Composer: Little Symphony in G. Ballet L’Ag’ya

  • Concerto for Violin. Trombone Sonata

  • Trio in C Sharp Minor.


  • Quintet

  • All works


Married Marie Hiebl. Children: Timothy, Barrett, Professor.

Frank Smith Sanders

Laurilla Theresa (Smith) Sanders

Marie Hiebl.

Timothy Sanders

Barrett Sanders

Prof Sanders