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Robert T. Townsend

Symphonic Praise Choir Conductor 

Robert T. Townsend is a professor in the School of Educational Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University. He has a Bachelor of Music degree (piano and K-12 music teaching license) from Western Michigan University, Master of Music Education degree from Indiana University,  and completed his Ph.D. degree at the University of Illinois. While at Indiana University, Robert studied conducting with Prof. Jan Harrington and performed under the direction of Prof. Robert Porco. Dr. Townsend has 15 years of public and private school (P-12) music teaching experience and over 13 years of university teaching and administration experience having held positions at IUPUI, Northern Illinois and Wayne State universities.

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In addition, he serves as the Fishers Campus Music Director of Eastern Star Church in Indianapolis and executive producer/conductor for the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis’ Annual Gospel Concert. He also serves as Founder/board member of The Performing Arts Conservatory; an after-school program helping youth to perfect their gifts and talents in the performing arts ( The organization is working toward opening a performing arts secondary school in the Indianapolis Metropolitan area. 

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