conductor, organist, harpsichordist and composer, holds a Bachelor of
Fine Arts degree in organ performance with honors from Carnegie-Mellon
University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a Master of Music degree in church
music from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey, and earned
his Doctorate from the Graduate Theological Foundation of South Bend,
Indiana where his particular area of study was pre-Reformation
English liturgy with an emphasis on the Sarum Use and the ecclesiastical
music of the English Middle Ages beginning with chant and culminating
in the complex polyphony of the late fifteenth-century Eton Choirbook.
He has served on the staff of several distinguished churches,
including the Washington National Cathedral (of which he is a Fellow),
the Princeton University Chapel, and Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal
Church, New York City. He recently completed a fourteen year tenure as
organist and choirmaster of historic Christ Church, New Haven,
Connecticut where, under his leadership, the choir and music program
gained an international reputation for excellence. He has appeared with
numerous ensembles including the National Symphony Orchestra, the
Handel Festival Orchestra, the Washington Chamber Symphony, the St.
Louis Symphony Brass, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Choral Arts
Society of Washington, the Cathedral Choral Society, the Bach Society of
St. Louis, the Carnegie Brass Quintet, the Fine Arts Brass Quintet, the
Annapolis Brass Quintet, and the River City Brass Band – the original
fully-professional English-style brass band in the United States – with
whom he has also recorded.
His compositions are
published by several American publishers and have been recorded by
leading choirs around the globe. His work is heard regularly over NPR
and the BBC and he has been the recipient of many awards and honors.
Robert Lehman joined the staff of the Church of St. Michael & St. George in St. Louis in January of 2008 and divides his time between Missouri, Connecticut, and New York with his wife and children.