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Robert L. Sanders


A charismatic organist, conductor, and composer, Chicago-born Robert Levine Sander became - and remains to this day - youngest-ever dean of Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, ascending to that position at the age of only 32. Sanders had no previous administrative experience prior to his appointment, but his proven performance abilities and people skills gave him an edge over the other candidates. First on his agenda after becoming dean was expanding the faculty; next was a review and appraisal of the school's condition and position. Through his efforts, the school gained membership in the National Association of Schools of Music and built the Hall of Music (now known as the Indiana University Auditorium).

Sanders was awarded a Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to Assist Research and Artistic Creation for Music Composition in 1954. Among his many compositions were Sonata In Eb - Solo for Eb trombone with piano accompaniment, Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, When Lilacs Last In the Dooryard Bloom'd, and Square-Dance.

Robert Sanders


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