Robert Collister

Composer    Lyricist

Having spent many years composing and arranging for the theatre (both musical comedy and the lyric theatre) Robert Collister brings a unique character to his abundant sacred music. His songs range from quiet melodic settings that gently support the text to dramatic, soaring classical works for the trained singer.

“Music to me is one of the most spiritual gifts given to mankind. Without question, music comes from a divine source. J.S. Bach wrote on many of his musical compositions ‘Soli Deo Gloria,’ — ‘To God Alone the Glory.’ I also take this position in all that I do. I take no credit for the music I write. I only write what I hear and feel, the rest, ‘Soli Deo Gloria.'” –Robert Collister

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Biography

Robert Collister is a versatile composer, musician, performer, and educator. As a composer he has written 23 sacred solos and many SATB choral pieces for church services that are sold internationally. He has composed the music for the following musical theatre shows: “Vladimir: The Dracula Musical,” “Captive,” “The Calling” — a musical based on the life of Mary Baker Eddy, “Journey” — a show about the Cherokee Nation of Eastern Tennessee, and “Temps” – a musical comedy show soon to be produced off-Broadway.

Under the record label, Whispering Chimes Music, Robert released his CD, “World Reach Out For Him,” which has received air play on radio stations nationwide. His two musical cast CDs, “Vladimir,” and “Captive,” sell nationally.

As a teacher of music, Robert is a woodwind specialist, band and choral director. He has also served as music director, conductor, arranger and performer for numerous musical shows including “Man of La Mancha,” “The Sound of Music,” “The Music Man,” “I Do, I Do,” “Oliver,” “Bye, Bye Birdie,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Bells are Ringing,” “Camelot,” and “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Robert Collister holds a BM and an MM from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY and has performed professionally for over 35 years.

Quotes

Collister's music offers a spectrum of moods and tones that gives rich colors.

New York Amsterdam News

What a lovely piece of music! I'm thrilled and can't wait to share it with my church.

Dick Frantzreb

I just had to write and tell you how much I loved this solo, 'Hope.' It was absolutely perfect. When I have one of your songs on Sunday I just can't wait to hear it because I know it will be so pretty. It just brought tears to my eyes. So rave reviews! They are just my favorites.

Michelle V.

I just received the music today from Robert Collister and [the songs] are absolute gems. I had two pieces of his music but really wanted the collection. I have spent the afternoon playing and just meditating on his works ? they are true beauties.

Mike Ferguson

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