Robert Ray - 2003

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Robert J. Ray, composer, conductor and clinician, is Professor of Music and coordinator of Keyboard studies at the University of Missouri at St. Louis.  As a pianist, he has performed as a soloist with the Seoul Philharmonic, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony and others.  As accompanist, he has worked with outstanding, legendary singers Robert McFerrin and William Warfield.  He is constantly in demand as a clinician and conductor, traveling the world giving lectures, workshops and presentations on African-American music styles.  His liturgical works -  Gospel Mass and Gospel Magnificat, and his anthem He Never Failed Me Yet are regularly performed throughout the world, and all will be performed at the May 17th Festival concert.  Indeed, the Living Legends Festival will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Gospel Mass, a work that was composed while Ray was a liturgy team member of the National Office of Black Catholics.

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