Professor of Music; Distinguished Teaching Award, 1998; Sabbatical FA2012
BS, Hartwick College; MA, PhD, Eastman School of Music
Professor Robert Swift, professor emeritus, taught music education, choral and interdisciplinary studies for over 35 years at PSU. Dr. Swift received his B.S. degree in music education summa cum laude from Hartwick College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Eastman School of Music in music education. He has taught public school music grades 3-12, and college and university courses at the undergraduate and graduate level at Ithaca College, Eastman School of Music, Memphis State University and Plymouth State University. He is the former director of the Pemigewasset Choral Society and holds active memberships in NHMEA (past-president), MENC, ACDA, the Royal School of Church Music and the American Guild of Organists. He is listed in Who’s Who in American Education. He is an active church musician and currently organist at the Christian Science Church in Plymouth. The author of several published musical compositions, Dr. Swift has served as a choral conductor, clinician and adjudicator in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, South America, Australia and New Zealand. He is the author of MUSIC FROM THE MOUNTAINS: New York State Music Camp, 1947-1996. In 1998 he received the Music Educator of the Year Award from the New Hampshire Music Educators Association and the Distinguished Teaching Award 1998 from Plymouth State University.