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 Orchestra.) 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][failed verification]

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. ^ Delta Omicron Archived 2010-01-27 at the Wayback Machine