Program Manager for Learning and Engagement | Conductor, Vintage Voices
Robert J. Graham joined the VocalEssence team in August 2012 as both a member of the administrative staff and as a second tenor in the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers. As the Program Manager, Robert oversees the operations of the acclaimed VocalEssence WITNESS School Program, as well as the new VocalEssence Family Series. In 2015, Robert also became the conductor and manager of the VocalEssence Vintage Voices program, an exciting choral program that integrates the arts into the everyday lives of older adults by fostering the creation of choirs in assisted and independent senior living communities and senior centers.
Prior to joining the VocalEssence staff, Robert earned the Master of Music degree in the dual concentrations of Vocal Performance and Pedagogy, and Choral Conducting from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He also earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance and Business Administration from Xavier University of Louisiana. He also currently serves as one of the tenor section leaders of the Westminster Choir at Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Minneapolis. A Minneapolis native, Robert spends his free time painting impressionistic scapes and practicing piano, in addition to exploring the great outdoors.