Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching – University of Melbourne
Master of Music (Opera) – Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
Advanced Certificate in Performance – University of Toronto
Bachelor of Music Performance – University of Toronto
Canadian-born tenor Robert Stewart is Director of Music at St David’s Cathedral and Head of Music at The Hutchins School, one of Australia’s oldest boys’ schools. A chorister from a very early age, he has been a member of professional choirs, opera choruses, community choir section leader and church musician with a wide knowledge of choral repertoire. Robert was a voice student at Mount Allison University where he studied choral conducting with Carlton Elliot and choral literature with Dr. Willis Noble. He received a Master of Music (Opera) from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and is also a graduate of the University of Toronto (Bachelor of Music in Performance; Advanced Certificate in Performance) majoring in voice performance. As an undergraduate he also studied orchestral conducting with Dwight Bennett and served as section leader and assistant to Dr. Doreen Rao. He was co-founder and conductor of the award winning Exaudi Youth Choir- under his baton Exaudi was quickly recognised as one of the foremost collegiate-level ensembles in Australia. They have recorded two CDs, toured nationally and frequently commissioned new works. In 2009 the choir made a “clean sweep” at the Australian National Eisteddfod winning the Open Choral Championships as well as the Open Sacred, Open Contemporary and Australian-British sections. He has also worked and mentored with some of the world’s foremost conductors including: Sir David Willcocks, Sir Philip Ledger, Dr. Elmer Iseler, Dr. Lydia Adams, Robert Spano and Raymond Leppard.
As a performer Robert has twice been a finalist in the Mietta Song Recital Award and has appeared in the New Zealand Opera’s production of Carmen. He was also a regular soloist at St John’s Southgate as part of their Bach cantata series including performances with Bach’s successor, Thomaskantor Christoph Biller. A former Vocal Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center he participated in masterclasses with Pierre Valet, Phyllis Curtin and Ernst Haefliger. While at Tanglewood, he performed Bach’s Selig ist der Mann with American Bach scholar Craig Smith and members of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. Recent concerts have included appearances on ABC Classic FM, the Ruskin Hall Recital Series, the Camberwell Chorale, the Heidelberg Chorale and the Melbourne Chorale. Robert has been choral conductor, voice teacher and French diction tutor at Monash University, the Melba Conservatorium and the Victorian College of the Arts.
A passionate advocate and researcher in boys’ music education, Robert was Director of Music at Melbourne High School, Victoria’s largest State School music programme. Under his leadership the school continued to grow its whole school singing programme, increase instruments offered, expand the choirs and the orchestra twice won the Royal South Street Eisteddfod.