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John Donald Robb in the studio
John Donald Robb in the studio.

Trust Mission

The John Donald Robb Musical Trust was established in 1989 following the deaths of John Donald Robb and his wife, Harriet.

The Mission of the Trust, in collaboration with the University of New Mexico, is to
support the music and musical legacy of John Donald Robb
further his inspiring commitment to education
advance the understanding of music of the Southwest.

The Trust is comprised of a committee of professionals from UNM's Music Department, Robb family members, community members and an Executive Director, who is responsible for administering the Trust's activities.

Trust Activities

Since its inception, the Trust has supported the editing and arranging of several of Robb's original compositions. The goal is to create a library of Robb compositions that represent his best work, show his breadth as a composer and are ready for performance.
The Trust supports and coordinates performances of Robb's music and the work of other composers in a variety of venues and with a variety of artists, ie: UNM's annual Composers Symposium; the Corrales Arts Council Music Series; colleges and universities throughout the region and country; private and community recitals and faculty concerts, among others. The Bella Cosi String Quartet, UNM women's chorus, Las Cantantes, the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, pianist, Tatiana Vetrinskaya, and the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra (PRNSO) are among some of the artists that have recently performed Robb's work.
The Trust encourages and welcomes requests for funding for projects, concerts, research, etc. that support the mission and goals of the Trust. Some of the projects funded in the last few years include: a regional and national tour to introduce the piano music of John Robb to new audiences; the transfer of field recording tapes to CD format to preserve the Robb folk archives; a music coordinator position to research and create an authentic musical score using the Robb folk archives for TVI's educational CD-ROM project, New Path into New Mexico's Past; Las Cantantes' Stepping Westward CD, which includes the choral arrangements of Robb's Two Trios, Opus 57; and others.


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The Trust continues to build a library of high quality, marketable recordings through its own initiation and through grant requests to support specific recordings of Robb's work, other composers, and folk music of the Southwest. The Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra (PRNSO) has recorded several of Robb's works, including his viola concerto, the Symphony #1, Scenes from a New Mexico Mountain Village, Opus 9, and the newly edited piano concerto, all on Opus One recordings. El Testamento, a CD of Spanish folk music, featuring singer, Alex Chavez, was released in 1995 and, in 1999, Pictures of New Mexico, featuring pianist Tatiana Vetrinskaya performing Robb's piano music, along with Las Cantantes' Stepping Westward CD, were both released on the Trust's own Triangulum record label, which was established in 1999.
The Trust encourages and develops programs and materials that help to disseminate the legacy and music of John Robb to the public. Concerts, lecture presentations, archival preservation, advertising, graduate assistantships, collaborations with other arts presenters, community institutions and artists, conferences, and the creation of an accessible folk and manuscript archive are all avenues the Trust uses to share its resources.
& Awards
The Trust first awarded a scholarship to Tatiana Vetrinskaya in 1995 to study and perform John Robb's piano music. Ms. Vetrinskaya has since received grant support to continue her efforts. A Robb Graduate Music Assistantship was established in 2000 to support the preservation and improvement of the archives and manuscript collection at the Center for Southwest Research.
The Trust's scholarships and grants are designed to offer students and the general public the opportunity to explore and study folk music of the Southwest and the music and legacy of John D. Robb, and to encourage the dissemination of this study to new audiences.

The Robb Trust is currently seeking an executive director. The position is expected to start at the beginning of next year and will be a half-time position. For more information, contact the number or email below.

Contact Us!
Call (505) 277-8967 or email robbtrust@comcast.net

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