When projects are completed, musicians are kind enough to share feedback on their working relationship with Dr. Cameron. Listed below are examples of appreciated remarks from well-known educators, conductors and composers.
“I would like to thank you again for all you have done to make my visit to the M.E.N.C. in Washington so enjoyable. Your help and above all the preparations of my Music for Prague 1968 were wonderful.
You and all the performers in your Wind Symphony have done an excellent work in preparing the music. Also, there was such concentration in the rehearsal, such positive attitude and willingness to do the best, it was a pleasure for me to work. I thought the concert showed the Duquesne University School of Music in the best light!
As for my Music for Prague 1968 the performance counts as one of the best, sensitive and technically excellent playing I have had the privilege to conduct.
I am grateful to you and all the performers!”
— KAREL HUSA
Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer
“Thank you for the wonderful performance you and your students gave at CBDNA Convention in Kansas City. It was a pleasure and an honor to be part of it…I look forward to many collaborations in the future.”
“Congratulations on your 25th Anniversary at Duquesne. You had quite a celebration with some very special guests (former students). You certainly have had a terrific impact on, not only those former students, but the atmosphere of genuine high level music making of all the students with whom you have had contact over the years. When I was there it was easy to see that in abundance.”
— H. ROBERT REYNOLDS
The University of Michigan
Conductor: Wind Ensemble
Thornton School of Music
University of Southern California
“Throughout his tenure at Duquesne, the university’s wind symphony, under Dr. Cameron’s direction has been regarded by some of the most notable names in music as one of the best, if not the best ensemble of its kind in the world. The notoriety he has brought to the university vis-a-vis the wind symphony’s select invitations to national music conventions is greater than anybody could know. Throughout my own travels, many people in the far reaches of our country have told me of Duquesne’s exceptional music school after having met Robert Cameron or heard his groups. Furthermore his teachings on conducting methods are internationally published, as well as symphonic music he has composed or arranged. He is in constant demand as a guest conductor but perhaps the most outstanding quality I can attribute to Robert Cameron is that his prime motivation has been to better the reputation of Duquesne University and his students while placing himself a distant second.”
— SAMUEL R. HAZO
Composer, Conductor Music Educator
“Cameron is one of the rising young conductors in the wind field which needs more of his talent and persuasion. I can speak from first hand knowledge of his work.”
“I really enjoyed listening and re-listening to the excellent performances on your recording. This is very good work indeed.”
— FREDERICK FENNELL
Eastman Wind Ensemble
“Dr. Cameron has had a tremendous effect on myself and other alumni that are currently in the teaching profession. During my time at Duquesne, Dr. Cameron was a Facilitator in making many exciting things happen for the Ensembles of Duquesne. I can recall us working with guest conductors, composers, artists, as well as tours to nationally renowned conventions. One of my most vivid and exciting experiences while at Duquesne was a convention performance for the Eastern Division of the College Band Director’s National Association. Dr. Cameron’s conducting and teaching abilities led us to an exciting and spontaneous performance that left many audience members and performers speechless.”
— DONALD MCKINNEY
Director of Wind Activities
The University of Colorado
Conductor: National Music Camp at Interlochen
“I am writing to offer my heartfelt congratulations to you and your wonderful ensemble for their outstanding achievement at the College Band Directors National Association Eastern Division Conference.
One could not help but be impressed by the sensitivity and musicality of your fine group. The energy and effort guided by commitment and action yielded a world class performance.
The input of your collective accomplishments was felt by all those who were present. I greatly appreciate all that you did to bring us a program which was meaningful and informative. Many thanks for your contribution to our profession at large and to my own musical growth. I wish you continued musical success.”
— EUGENE CORPORON
Director of Wind Studies
University of North Texas
“Your concert last Saturday night was really outstanding! the best I have heard of any wind ensemble groups!! Best ever!!! And that is the truth. Congratulations!!! First of all your musical selection was well suited for your groups, and at the same time, it was well-balanced and interesting to the audience as well. It shows your knowledge of the repertoire, musical taste, and most importantly, your ability and experience as an educator to select just the right music for your students. All of these qualities make you a very fine conductor and educator.”
— AKIRA ENDO
Miami Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet
University of Colorado
“I’m still in 7th heaven with memories of your ensembles magnificent playing for our Grainger clinic in Kansas City…each of the pieces went as well as any performance I have ever had – and there have been quite a few. The musical success is specifically attributable to your superb and detailed preparation of the music and the wonderful working attitudes you have helped your students develop.”
— KEITH BRION
Conductor: The New Sousa Band
Director of Bands Emeritus
“Your performance of my Concerto (with Brian Bowman) was marvelous, giving the work qualities that far exceeded my happiest imaginings…I found myself a quiet, private spot after your performance and wept a little. That is how grateful I was. I was quite overcome. A million thanks will not begin to suffice!”
— JOSEPH WILLCOX JENKINS
Composer and Professor Emeritus
“Robert Cameron, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your fantastic performance of my “Ballad for Band” at the Pittsburgh Symphony celebration of my 70th birthday!”
— MORTON GOULD
Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer.
“From the time Dr. Cameron studied with me, I had the firm conviction that this man was an unusual talent both as a performing musician and as a teacher, and it has been source of great pleasure to me to watch his progress through the years.”
— DR. ALFRED REED
Composer, Professor Emeritus
The University of Miami
“Spirited and enthusiastic teaching…I have admired Dr. Cameron’s analytical skills and sincere faithfulness to the score…In the profession of wind conducting I believe Dr. Cameron is one of the brightest talents for the future….(He) is an unselfish, caring person, a warm, giving individual who communicates sincerely with people”
— LARRY RACHLEFF
Director of Orchestral Activities
Shepherd School of Music
“Today the mail brought as a pleasant surprise the gramophone record with a. o. my composition, “Reflections,” played in such an admirable way by you and your orchestra. I listened at once and was delighted. This was indeed the world of organized sounds I had in my imaginations during the creation and notation of my composition. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this beautiful recording and performance.”
— HENK BADINGS
Commissioned to compose music for 100th Anniversary of Wiener Philharmoniker and the 60th anniversary of the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam.
“To Robert Cameron— With admiration for his superb musicianship.”
— NORMAN DELLO JOIO
Emmy Award Winning Composer
“…A fine performance of the Symphony (No. 6)”
— VINCENT PERSICHETTI
The Juilliard School