Robert Whitney (conductor)

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Robert Sutton Whitney (July 9, 1904 – November 22, 1986)[1][2] was an American conductor and composer. He was a student of Leo Sowerby.[3]

Robert Whitney was best known for founding, in November 1937, together with the mayor of Louisville, Kentucky the Louisville Orchestra, and becoming its first conductor, a post he held until 1967.[4] (Its original name was the "Louisville Civic Arts Association," which was later changed to the "Louisville Philharmonic Society." The orchestra finally adopted its current name after it filed an amendment to its articles of incorporation in 1977.)[citation needed] His concerto grosso had earlier (1934) been performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.[1]

Whitney also served as dean of the School of Music of the University of Louisville, from 1956 to 1971.[4]

He was a National Patron of Delta Omicron, an international professional music fraternity.[5]

Whitney Hall, the largest performance venue in The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts is named for him.


  1. ^ a b "WorldCat Identities Page for Robert Sutton Whitney". Retrieved 2 March 2009.
  2. ^ "Louisville Orchestra Founder, Conductor Robert Whitney Dies". Lexington Herald-Leader. Lexington, KY. 23 November 1986. p. D7.
  3. ^ "Cedille Records Notes". Retrieved 2 March 2009.
  4. ^ a b Cox, Dwayne; Morison, William James (2000). The University of Louisville at Google Books. University Press of Kentucky. p. 119. ISBN 0-8131-2142-6.
  5. ^ "Robert S. Whitney papers (1988_099) Accession 1996-110 Series I. Awards - Box 4: Delta Omicron National Professional Music Fraternity Certificate, June 28, 1957". University of Lousville Archives Catalog.