Robert Schroyer is an in-demand percussion soloist, performer, and pedagogue. He joined the New Orchestra of Washington team as a percussionist in 2013 and added administrative responsibilities in 2016. Additional recent engagements include the McCormick Marimba Festival (featured guest artist), the University of Maryland Spotlight Showcase, the American Institute of Music Studies in Graz, the Washington Chamber Orchestra, the Apollo Orchestra, and the Great Noise Ensemble. A recording studio artist, Robert’s percussion playing can be heard on the Naxos, Centaur, Neuma, and Acts record labels. A prize-winning soloist, he took prizes in the 2015 ENKOR Int’l Music Competition (1st Prize), Symphony Orchestra League of Alexandria (3rd prize), University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra (1st Prize), and the 2016 PASIC International Solo Marimba Competitions (2nd Prize). Additionally, Robert will travel to Sint-Truiden, Belgium, this summer to compete in the Universal Marimba Competition, considered one of the world’s foremost marimba competitions.
Robert is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Musical Arts program at the University of Maryland where he also earned his Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance. He also holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree, summa cum laude, from Stetson University, where he was awarded the 2014 Presser Scholarship. His principal teachers include Kevin Garry, Dr. Marja Kerney, Jauvon Gilliam, and Dr. Lee Hinkle.