Paul Laurence Dunbar, An Ante-bellum Sermon
(b. 1939) Robert Jager was born in Binghamton, New York, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan. For four years (1962-65), he served in the U.S. Navy as the staff arranger/composer at the Armed Forces School of Music. Jager taught for 30 years at Tennessee Tech University, earning the rank of professor emeritus. Jager has composed over 150 published works for band, orchestra, chorus, and various chamber combinations. Jager is a three-time winner of the American Bandmasters Association's Ostwald Award. He twice received the Roth Award of the National School Orchestra Association; earned the Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to Music Medal in composition; won the Friends of Harvey Gaul bicentennial competition in 1975; and received the American School Band Association's Volkwein Award. In 2000, his Dialogues for Two Pianos won the keyboard category competition in the Delius competition sponsored by the Delius Association of Florida and Jacksonville University. In 1986, he received a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and in 1996, he received an individual artist fellowship in composition from the Tennessee Arts Commission. He is also the author of a children's book, Esau: A Christmas Fable.
Jager, Robert, "Sermon" (2002). Dunbar Music Archive. 353.