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 United State Navy as the Staff Arranger/Composer at the Armed Forces School of Music. Jager taught for thirty years at Tennessee Tech University and is now a professor emeritus from that institution, and makes his home in Cookeville, Tennessee. Jager has comprised over 150 published works for band, orchestra, chorus, and various chamber combinations. Jager has received many awards for his compositions, including being the only three-time winner of the American Bandmasters Association "Ostwald Award." In addition, he has twice received the "Roth Award" of the National School Orchestra Association, the Kappa Kappa Psi "Distinguished Service to Music Medal" in the area of composition, the "Friends of Harvey Gaul" bicentennial competition, the American School Band Association's "Volkwein Award," and 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 to compose at the colony in Peterborough, NH. In 1996, he received the "Individual Artist Fellowship in Composition" from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and in 1998, was selected to receive Tennessee Tech University's highest faculty award, the "Caplenor Faculty Research Award." He was the first faculty member in the arts to receive this award. In 2009, he was selected to be included in Groves' Dictionary of American Music and Musicians. He is also the author of a children's book, "ESAU: A Christmas Fable", available online from Amazon & Barnes and Noble.
Jager, Robert, "Sermon" (2002). Dunbar Music Archive. 353.