Robin P. Fountain
Professor of Conducting; Director of the Vanderbilt University Orchestra
Robin Fountain was educated at Oxford University, The Royal College of Music in London, and Carnegie Mellon University. He won a conducting fellowship to Aspen, participated in master classes with Lorin Maazel and Gennadi Rodhestvensky, and studied at Tanglewood with Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Sanderling and Leonard Slatkin. He is now Music Director of the Southwest Michigan Symphony, following a 15-year tenure as Music Director of the Williamsport (PA) Symphony.
Fountain has guest conducted in Russia, Poland, France and Germany as well as the U.S. In 2003, he led the Tomsk (Russia) Philharmonic on a five-city Christmas tour of China and returned there in 2006 with Vanderbilt Orchestra. A Vanderbilt faculty member since 1994, he became Professor of Conducting in 2003. He has been awarded both the Madison Sarratt Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the Blair School’s Faculty Excellence Award.