Dr. Robert Halvorson, D.M.A. | Adjunct Faculty (Voice)
Dr. Robert Halvorson, D.M.A is a composer, performer, and multi-instrumentalist from Northern California. Raised on the sounds of the Beach Boys, the Eagles, Simon & Garfunkel, and Joni Mitchell, his ear for harmony was keenly developed throughout his youth. After spending his formative years playing guitar, bass, drums, and singing in choirs, he received his B.F.A. in music composition from UC Santa Barbara, where he composed for groups of all sizes and sounds including orchestra, choir, solo piano, and chamber ensembles.
Dr. Halvorson went on to earn his M.F.A. and D.M.A. in the innovative Performer-Composer program at the California Institute of the Arts. While at CalArts, he discovered a new and more experimental voice (both figuratively and literally) by studying extended vocal techniques including throat singing, overtone singing, growling, and joiking (a style native to Scandinavia). He is currently writing music for Jomama Jones and The Murderous Cowboys, penning orchestrations with Van Dyke Parks, and fronting his own rock band, Bobby and the Nice Guys. Seeing an enormous value in the study and evolution of popular music idioms, Dr. Halvorson seeks to integrate experimental popular music into the academic environment — a subject which heretofore has scarcely been examined. Dr. Halvorson brings exceptional academic and professional experience to students at California College of Music, where he teaches students in voice performance and musicianship.
D.M.A. Performer-Composer, California Institute of the Arts
M.F.A. Performer-Composer, California Institute of the Arts
B.F.A. in Composition, University of California Santa Barbara
Check out an a cappella performance from Bobby below: