Robert I. Hugh received a B.M. Ed. from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He received his Masters in music education/composition emphasis from the Hartt School, University of Hartford. He completed summer studies at the Kodaly Musical Training Institute and the Institute for Choral Music Education. He was selected to participate in the Fulbright-Hayes Group Projects Abroad program. The grant funded a summer in Kenya where he had an opportunity to study music with Kenyan composers. Rob received an Individual Artist Award in composition from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. He returned to Kenya to continue his study of African choral music. As a songwriter/arranger, Rob has arranged and recorded over 250 original songs composed by children from kindergarten through twelfth grade. He has been commissioned to compose music for choirs of all ages. Rob’s music has been performed throughout the United States, Canada, UK and Europe. His choral music is published by Boosey & Hawkes, Hal Leonard, Colla Voce and MusicSpoke. He currently supervises student teachers for the Hartt School. In 1993 Rob was selected as West Hartford's Teacher of the Year and a semi-finalist for the Connecticut Teacher of the Year. He was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Connecticut American Choral Directors Association.