Class of 1981
Major: Music Performance
Director of Orchestras
Princeton High School
Program consisting of 3 ensembles
Princeton, New Jersey
Youth Orchestra of Bucks County
Program consisting of 10 ensembles and 6 conductors
Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Robert Loughran started at Gettysburg College as a pre-med major. But by sophomore year, realizing that his expressive side was not being satisfied, he made the move to the music department to study performing arts. He credits his days at Gettysburg as the time during which he really caught the "conducting bug."
Gettysburg College Highlights
Bob believes that the creative and nurturing environment of Gettysburg College played a meaningful role in establishing his love for learning. Particular highlights of his years on campus include:
- His three-year tenure as drum major of the Bullets Marching Band, where he valued the performances produced by student colleagues.
- Meeting classmate and cellist Betsy Easton '81, with whom he shared late-night practice sessions at Brua Hall due to their busy schedules ... and whom he later married!
- Membership in the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.
- An independent study opportunity during January Term of his senior year, where he organized and directed a chamber orchestra with the encouragement of his advisor, Dr. Norman Nunamaker. Four weeks of rehearsal led up to a performance for an enthusiastic audience at the College Chapel ... and further propelled his passion for learning how to maneuver the conducting baton.
Life After Gettysburg
Following college, Bob pursued further graduate study in Chicago, Vienna, Salzburg and Siena. He has planned tours to Argentina and Europe in 2012, as well as upcoming performances with Philadelphia Orchestra violinist Jason DePue and American violin legend Marc O'Connor.
Today, he finds his work with students at Princeton High School and the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County to be fresh and exciting. He views his work as a symbiotic relationship, whereby each moment of rehearsal or performance is unique and special. He also considers himself fortunate to have been able to share the cultural wealth of the world with many of his ensembles via twelve international performance tours.
"There is no doubt that the inspirational faculty during my days at Gettysburg College taught me to genuinely open my eyes and ears, and to follow my heart ... to music. For that, I'm eternally grateful."
- Robert Loughran '81
Check out the Princeton High School Orchestra's December 2009 concert at the Princeton University Chapel