Stanley L. Roberts
Arthur Lowndes Rich Professor of Choral Conducting
Stanley L. Roberts is in his thirteenth year of teaching in the Townsend School of Music of Mercer University where he is the Arthur Lowndes Rich Professor of Choral Conducting. In this position, he conducts the Mercer Singers and the Mercer Women’s Choir, while teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting, choral literature and techniques. Since becoming director of the Mercer Singers that ensemble has sung on numerous programs for the Georgia Music Educators Association and the Southern Division of MENC. Additionally, the Mercer Singers are featured annually with the Macon Symphony Orchestra where Dr. Roberts is a frequent guest conductor. The choir under his direction has made three CD recordings, and completed five highly successful international tours of England and Wales (May 2000), Italy (2002), Austria & Czech Republic (2004), Germany, Poland, Slovakia, & Hungary (2006), and Japan (2007). These concert tours featured invitations to perform in many of the grand cathedrals and concert halls including: St. Paul’s (London), St. Vitus (Prague), St. Peters (Vatican), Hibiki Hall (Kitakyushu), and Spivey Hall (Atlanta). A passionate educator, Dr. Roberts was chosen as Mercer University’s Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year (2001) and Professor of the Year (2004) by Mercer’s Student Government Association. Highly regarded as a conductor and clinician he has conducted All-State Choirs, Honor Choirs, and Festival Choruses throughout the United States as well as workshops in universities, colleges, churches, and schools.
An engaged member of the Music Educators National Conference and the American Choral Directors Association, he has served in numerous leadership capacities for both organizations and is currently Past President for Georgia ACDA. An active church musician for 25 years, he currently serves as Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church of Macon, Georgia—a position he has held for 16 years. In 1994 he became the founder of jubilate! -- a mass-choir experience for church youth choirs. This group of 150 singers tours each summer and has performed throughout the United States and at four national denominational conventions. Further, he is an editor of Celebrating Grace—a hymnal project of Mercer University—which will be released in 2010. Dr. Roberts is a graduate of Mercer University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky.