Robert J. Brownlow has enjoyed a varied career as a composer, performer and educator. He has composed works for nearly every genre and attempts to appeal to a broad audience. His compositional style has been described as eclectic. It is energetic, colorful, rhythmic, contrapuntal and shows influences that range from Bach, Bartok, jazz, minimalism, as well as to film score composers John Williams and John Barry.
His compositions have been performed throughout the United States as well as in Germany, Thailand, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Spain and the Philippines. Numerous works have been commissioned and premiered at both National and International conventions.
As a performer, Dr. Brownlow has had full time positions in several orchestras including the Quad-Cities Symphony, Minnesota Sinfonia and the Bach Festival Orchestra.
He has held full time teaching positions at Luther College, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and the University of Central Florida. He is currently in his ninth year of teaching composition and theory at the University of Akron School of Music. He has also held a summer position at the Interlochen Arts Camp since 1999.
Dr. Brownlow holds a BA from Luther College, a Master of Fine Arts and a Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Iowa.