ROBERT T. ANDERSON, JR. is a professional conductor, vocalist, and music educator having served in the professional arts and music scene in Singapore since 1999. Mr. Anderson serves as a fulltime music teacher at the Canadian International School and is active in schools and churches as a music educator, worship consultant, conductor and vocal instructor. A native of the United States, Tom received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education as a voice major at Samford University, and his Master of Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
In Singapore, Tom sang first tenor for three seasons with The Singapore Symphony Chorus, and, sponsored by Singapore Symphonia, attended as a conducting participant the first National Choral Conducting Seminar in 1999. Additionally, Tom sang as tenor soloist in John Stainer’s Crucifixion for Singapore Bible College in 2000. More recently, he sang the tenor solos in the Mozart Requiem at Victoria Concert Hall in 2006.
Tom is active in the Christian community by leading worship seminars and choral workshops. From 2000 to 2004 he served as an adjunct lecturer at the School of Church Music of Singapore Bible College and from 2000 to 2002 served as Resident Conductor for the Raffles Junior College Chorale. Tom serves as the music director and conductor for The Celebration Chorus, an ecumenical community chorus which began in 2000 and has performed sacred works such as Bach’s Magnificat in D, Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli, Rutter’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise, Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G. and the Fauré Requiem. In 2004, The Celebration Chorus presented, in Russian, the Asia premiere and 6th world performance of a rare work by Alexander Grechaninov, Kvalite Boga, a sacred setting of the Psalms which was lost for 80 years and only recently re-discovered.
In 1997, Mr. Anderson was selected as a conducting fellow for the Dennis Keene Choral Conducting Festival. He has studied conducting under several master conductors, including Robert Page, Dennis Keene, Vance George, Rodney Eichenberger, John Rutter, and most notably, the late Robert Shaw. Tom sang as tenor chorister with The Robert Shaw Festival Chorus for two seasons at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 1996 and 1998.
While in ministry in the United States, Tom served churches as a music specialist in areas of worship and adult choir leadership, served for three years as a staff writer for the monthly periodical Music Revelation, is a member of the American Choral Director’s Association, the Singapore Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, the International Federation of Choral Music, sang tenor with The Maryland Singing Churchmen, and founded and conducted an ecumenical community chorus, The Rockville Chancel Choir.
Tom is married to Suzanne Marie Schreiber of San Jose, California, and they are the proud parents of three young children, Rebecca, Kaelen, and Lianna.