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School of Fine Arts


Dr. Robert Vodnoy, Associate Professor of Music;

Director of University/Civic Symphony, Strings, String Pedagogy and Literature, Music History

Johnson Fine Arts Center 109

1200 S. Jay St.

Aberdeen, S.D. 57401


Phone: 605-626-2519

Email: Dr. Robert Vodnoy

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Dr. Robert Vodnoy is the director of orchestral activities and associate professor of strings at Northern, where he conducts the Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony and teaches History of Music, String Methods, and applied violin, viola, cello and double bass. He also teaches Introduction to Arts Management. Vodnoy brings 37 years of professional conducting experience to the AUCS.


Active as a professional conductor, Vodnoy is in his 13th  season as music director of the Whiting Park Festival Orchestra, a professional summer festival orchestra in northwest Indiana. The 2012-2013 season with be his fourth as conductor of the Huron Symphony Orchestra. He is past president of the South Dakota Chapter of the American String Teacher Association, and a member of the adjunct faculty in the graduate school at Valparaiso University.


Vodnoy has guest-conducted orchestras throughout the United States, including the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra, Billings Symphony, Mississippi Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Orchestra of the Colorado Music Festival, and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Internationally, he has guest-conducted the Orchestra of the Zhejiang Song and Dance Theatre (China), Czech National Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica de San Remo, National Philharmonic of Taiwan, Seoul Philharmonic, and Jönköping Symphony. In the Midwest, he conducted the J. Laiten Weed All-State Honors Orchestra at the 2007 SDMEA Conference in Brookings and on the North Dakota All-State String Festival in Bismarck in 2006.

Vodnoy holds a B.M. summa cum laude and M.M. in composition from Hartt College of the University of Hartford, and a D.M. in Orchestral Conducting from Indiana University. His orchestral compositions include Heart of Fire (2005), Moving Bridges (2001), Warrior (1997), and Generations (1996). Heart of Fire was performed by the South Dakota Symphony and the Omaha Symphony in 2009.


Vodnoy was music director of the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra from 1975-2005 and the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra from 1976-96. He has conducted performances with Itzhak Perlman, Andre Watts and Marilyn Horne, and with the Grand Rapids Ballet, Michigan Opera Theatre, and Indianapolis Ballet Theatre. He performs regularly as a violinist, and has performed as a soloist with the Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony, Huron Symphony, and Whiting Park Festival Orchestra. In recital, he has performed with pianist Marcela Faflak, and in duo violin performances in South Dakota, Indiana, and Michigan with Gregory Maytan, Beth Neitzert, Eric Lawson, Nic Orbovich, and Kamen Vachev. Vodnoy performs on a 1932 Iginio Siega violin.


Dr. Robert Vodnoy's personal page at NSU