ROBERT W. LEHMAN|2020
Dr Robert W. Lehman, conductor, organist, harpsichordist, and composer, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in organ performance with honors from Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA; a Master of Music degree in church music from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ; and a Doctorate from the Graduate Theological Foundation of South Bend, IN, where his particular area of study was pre-Reformation English liturgy with emphasis on the Sarum Use and the ecclesiastical music of the English Middle Ages, beginning with chant and culminating in the complex polyphony of the late fifteenth-century Eton Choirbook.
Dr Lehman has served on the staff of several distinguished churches, including the Washington National Cathedral (of which he is a Fellow), the Princeton University Chapel, and Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York City. For fourteen years he served as organist and choirmaster of the historic Christ Church in New Haven, Connecticut, where, under his leadership, the church’s choir and music program gained an international reputation for excellence. He has appeared in numerous ensembles, including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Handel Festival Orchestra, the Washington Chamber Symphony, the St Louis Symphony Brass, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the Cathedral Choral Society, the Bach Society of St Louis, the Carnegie Brass Quintet, the Fine Arts Brass Quintet, the Annapolis Brass Quintet, and the River City Brass Band — the original fully-professional English-style brass band in the United States.
Maintaining an active career as a performer, Dr Robert Lehman is frequently featured as a conductor and solo recitalist, both in the United States and abroad. His discography includes works of J.S. Bach; French Classical Noëls for Christmas; music for organ and brass with members of the River City Brass Band; and works of nineteenth- and twentieth-century composers. In addition, Lehman has recorded with the Woodley Ensemble, of which he was the founding director; the Christ Church Choir; the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys of San Francisco; and the Washington National Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys for Angel/EMI Records.
Lehman’s compositions are published by several American publishers and have been recorded by leading choirs around the globe. Lehman has been the recipient of many awards and honors, and his work is heard regularly on NPR and the BBC.
Robert Lehman joined the staff of The Church of St. Michael & St. George as Organist and Choirmaster in January 2008.