Certificate in Leadership and Management in Higher Education, Harvard University
Ph.D.: Music Education, Michigan State University
M.M.: Music Performance, Pennsylvania State University
B.M.: Music Education; B.M., Music Performance, Michigan State University
Dr. Robert T. Stroker was appointed Dean of the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University in 2002, at which time he was also appointed Professor of Music Education. Dr. Stroker is also Dean of the School of Theater, Film and Media Arts, which along with Boyer, is part of the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts. Prior to coming to Temple, Dean Stroker was Associate Dean, Head of Music Education, Chair of the Divisions of Music and Dance, and, Director of the Meadows Percussion Ensemble at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.
Dean Stroker has presented papers and lectures at numerous music and higher education conferences throughout the United States and Europe, as well as Japan, New Zealand and South Africa. He has been a guest clinician/conductor/adjudicator at the Percussive Arts Society International Conference, World Association of Symphonic Bands and College Band Directors National Association.
He has published extensively on the topics of music education and pedagogy. Dean Stroker is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Advocacy Award from the American Music Therapy Association, Penn State University Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award, International Musiktage Vocklabruck Award and Singing City’s 60th Year Celebration Award. In 2014, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, Michigan State University.
As Vice Provost for the Arts, Dr. Stroker has established Arts Grants for Research and Creative Achievement, a Vice Provost for the Arts Student Advisory Committee, the Vice Provost for the Arts Lunchtime Series and a Lunch and Learn Series featuring faculty from the Center.
In 2004, Dean Stroker provided the vision for the creation of The Arts and Quality of Life Research Center. The mission of the Center is to promote research, training and innovative programs that demonstrate the unique role of the arts in making a difference in people’s lives.
As an advocate for American new music, Dean Stroker has commissioned numerous works for the Boyer College, including three that have been nominated for Grammy Awards in the "Best Instrumental Composition" category: fourth stream...La Banda in 2010 and Music of Ansel Adams: America and Overture, Waltz and Rondo in 2012. Other commissions include: UNITED, composed by Daniel Schnyder; Frank Sinatra Suite, arranged by Michael Abene; fourth stream...La Banda and Overture, Waltz and Rondo, both composed by Bill Cunliffe; Reflections on the Mississippi, composed by Michael Daugherty; Northern Lights composed by Eriks Esenvalds; and, The Heart's Light, composed by Bill McGlaughlin. Orchestra and jazz band commissions have world premieres at the annual Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts concerts and New York premieres at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York.
In 2009, Dean Stoker founded Boyer's in house record label, BCM&D Records. More than 20 recordings have been released on the label, three of which have received Grammy nominations in the "Best Instrumental Composition" category. He serves as producer on the label. As Director of the award-winning Meadows Percussion Ensemble from 1993-2002, he released several recordings on Gasparo Records. (See Media tab for complete list of recordings).
As a former public school music teacher in Michigan, Dean Stroker was instrumental in developing a middle school music curriculum and has taught music performance, music education, conducting and performance at undergraduate and graduate levels at Penn State University, University of Michigan-Flint, Michigan State University and Southern Methodist University.
Dean Stroker has presented many workshops and master classes at international and national music conferences and festivals throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. He also served as guest conductor and consultant for the Conservatory Band of Sao Paolo, Brazil. Early in his career, he was principal percussionist with the Lansing Michigan Symphony Orchestra.
The Professional Music Educator, (book co-author). 2010. Pearson Education.
The American Band Contest Movement: 1875-1940. Journal of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, 3, 33-40, 1996.
Teaching Musicianship Skills in the Performance Based Class. The Universal Language Abstracts: International Society for Music Education, 1, 240-241, 1996.Student Teaching and Teacher Thinking Styles: A Comparison Between Cooperating Music Teachers and Higher Education Music Methods Teachers. Southeastern Journal of Music Education, 6, 64-72, 1996.
Human Relation Skills for the First-Year Music Teacher. Connections, 10, (1), 11-13, 1995.
Assertive Evaluation. Southwestern Musician, 64, 6-7, 1994.
A Comparison of Selected Areas of Thinking Styles Between Music Cooperating Teachers and Higher Education Music Methods Teachers. Texas Music Education Research, 81-86, 1994.
As Producer on BCM&D Records:
Wind Concerti with the Temple University Wind Symphony and solosists from The Philadelphia Orchestra (2016)
Strike Up the Band with the Temple University Jazz Band (2016). Recorded live.
Dear Dizzy with Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis and the Temple University Jazz Band (2015)
Northern Lights with the Temple University Concert Choir (2015)
Sacred and Profane with iPalpiti Orchestra (2015)
Reflections on the Mississippi for Tuba and Orchestra with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra and Carol Jantsch, tuba soloist (2014)
That Music Always Round Me with the Temple University Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz Collective (2014)
Big Swing Face with the Temple University Jazz Band (2013). Recorded live.
Waken the Dawn with the Temple Univeristy Concert Choir (2013)
fourth stream...La Banda with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra (2010). Nominated for Grammy award, "Best Instrumental Composition."
Music of Ansel Adams: America with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra (2012). Nominated for Grammy award, "Best Instrumental Composition."
Overture, Waltz and Rondo for jazz piano, trumpet and orchestra, with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra (2012). Nominated for Grammy award, "Best Instrumental Composition."
Overture to Coriolanus, Op. 62 with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra (2010)
Waltzes from Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59 with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra (2010)
Select Lectures and Paper Presentations:
Pro-Active Leadership in an Era of Diminishing Resources. National Association of Schools of Music National Conference, Phoenix, AZ (November, 2011).
Recruiting and Mentoring University Faculty, Guest Speaker, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (December, 2009).
Leadership Challenges in Higher Education. Guest Lecturer, University of North Texas, Denton, TX (March, 2005; April, 2006).
Strategic Planning: Accounting for Success. Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Philadelphia, PA (December, 2003).
The Professional Educator. Keynote Speaker, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Chicago, IL (August, 2003).
Teacher Education. Focus Session, Music Educators National Conference Eastern Division, Providence, RI (March, 2003).
The Emerging American Wind Band. World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) International Conference, Lucerne, Switzerland (July, 2001).
Beyond the Basics: Teaching for Higher Level Thinking in the Music Classroom. The College Music Society International Conference, Limerick, Ireland (July, 2001).
Music Education of Our Times: An Integrated Approach. International Society of Music Educators (ISME) World Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (July, 2000).
Comprehensive Musicianship Beyond 2000: Curricula for the Next Century. The International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD) and Global Arts Conferences, Auckland, New Zealand (October, 1999)
Developing Ideal Practice Skills. The College Music Society Conference, (Mike Hewitt, co-presenter), Denver, Colorado (October, 1999).
Comprehensive Musicianship Revisited for the Twenty-First Century. The College Music Society International Conference, Kyoto, Japan (1999, June).
Ubuntu: Creating a Caring, Sharing and Universal Music Curriculum. International Society of Music Educators (ISME) World Conference, Pretoria, South Africa (July, 1998g).
Where Did You Learn That?: Creating a Stronger Partnership Between the School Music Program and Private Instructors. Music Educators National
Conference (MENC) 56th National Biennial Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, (1998, April).
Musicianship Skills in the Performance Based Class. International Society of Music Educators (ISME) World Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands, (1996, July).
The National Art Standards: Implications for the Public School Wind Bands in the United States. International Society for the Promotion and Investigation of Band Music (IGEB) International Conference, Mainz, Germany, (1996, July).
Successful Interview Techniques and Resume Writing Skills for Music Educators. Texas Music Educators Association, State Conference, San Antonio, TX, (1996, February).
The American Band Contest Movement: 1875-1940. World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) International Conference, Hammamatsu, Japan, (1995, July).
Finding Your First Music Teaching Position. Texas Music Educators Association, State Conference, San Antonio, TX, (1995, February).
Relationships Between University Music Teachers and Cooperating Music Teachers in the Student Teaching Process. Southern Division Music Educators National Conference. Regional Conference, Winston-Salem, NC, (1994, November).
Classroom Discipline. Music Education Seminar, The University of Texas-Arlington, (1994, October).
Student teaching and teacher thinking styles: A comparison between cooperating music teachers and higher education music methods teachers. Southeastern Music Education Symposium. Annual Conference, Athens, GA, (1994, May).
Developing a Music Education Dissertation. Panel discussion at the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Symposium, East Lansing, MI, (1991, October).
Percussive Arts Society International Conference (PASIC), Guest Conductor, Meadows Wind Ensemble, performance of Music of Amber, by Joseph Schwantner, Dallas, Texas, November, 2000.
Meadows Wind Ensemble, Guest Conductor, Meadows School of the Arts, Karl Husa’s Concerto for Percussion and Wind Ensemble, April, 1999.
World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) International Conference, Guest Conductor, Meadows Wind Ensemble, performance of at the white edge of phrygia (with dancers), by Stephen Montague, Schladming, Austria, July, 1997.
Spring Loaded Dance Concert, Guest Conductor, Meadows Wind Ensemble, Meadows School of the Arts, April, 1997.
College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) National Conference, Guest Conductor, Meadows Wind Ensemble, Athens, GA, February, 1997.Dallas Metroplex area Music Festivals, Adjudicator/Clinician, 1995-00. Southern Methodist University Concert Choir and Women’s Choir Concert, Guest Conductor/Ensemble, May, 1995.
Meadows Wind Ensemble Concert, Guest Conductor, World Premiere of John Gibson’s Koda, May, 1995.
Select Invited Performances of the Meadows Percussion Ensemble
Percussive Arts Society International Conference (PASIC), Dallas, TX, November, 2000.
Percussive Arts Society International Conference (PASIC), Anaheim, CA, November, 1997.
World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) International Conference, Schladming, Austria, July, 1997. (Premiere of Warren Benson's The Drums of Summer)
*Premiere of Warren Benson’s The Drums of Summer.The Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Conference, San Antonio, TX, February, 1997.
Texas Percussive Arts Society (PAS) Day of Percussion, Dallas, TX, April, 1996.
The Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Conference, Chicago, IL, December, 1995.