I am saddened to report the death of Robert Suderburg, Class of 1924 Professor of Music, Emeritus.
Bob was already a well known pianist, composer, teacher, and administrator before joining our music department in 1985. He had most recently served as president of the Cornish Institute in Seattle and before that as chancellor of the North Carolina School of the Arts.
He was perhaps best known as a composer, whose works were performed by top soloists, chamber groups, and orchestras around the world. He won multiple ASCAP Awards based upon “the unique prestige value of each writer’s catalog of original compositions as well as recent performances of those works.” The classical music station in Chicago marked Bob’s sixtieth birthday with a special program that combined an interview with him and the playing of his works.
He was supported by fellowships, including those from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
At Williams, he also served as composer-in-residence and chair of the department, and he was among those who advanced here the performance of new music. He retired in 2001.
At Bob’s request no memorial service is planned, but our thoughts are certainly with his family at this time.