Photo of Dr. Robert Conger

Robert Conger

Applied Trombone and Euphonium, Jazz Ensembles, Music Education
Office: Seminary  354

Robert Conger, professor of music, has been teaching at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau since 2004.  His responsibilities include directing the Jazz program including combos and ensembles, teaching applied low brass (trombone & euphonium), conducting and instrumental music education classes. He coordinates and directs the annual Clark Terry/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival, for the Department of Music and is the webmaster of the department website. In May 2007, Southeast’s College of Liberal Arts presented Dr. Conger with its annual award for Outstanding Teaching.

He also is a member of the Southeast Faculty Brass Quintet, a very popular chamber group which performs both on- and off-campus at least 30 times per year. In addition, he recently organized the Jazz Sultans, a jazz combo which frequently performs around town.  Dr. Conger’s trombone performances include solo recitals, jazz combos, brass quintet, as well as orchestral playing.  He also performs with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra on trombone.  He received his Bachelor's degree in Music Education from East Carolina University, his Master's of Music in music theory/composition from Northwestern University, and his Doctorate in Music Arts in trombone performance from North Texas State University.

He also has been a member of the faculty at Fort Hays State University, Miami University, and taught in the public schools of Florida, South Carolina and Texas for 20+ years. His middle and high school bands achieved superior ratings in all areas and he was honored at two different public schools as their ‘Teacher of the Year.’  Dr. Conger has conducted many honor bands including All-West Tennessee Red Band, Northeastern Missouri Honorable Mention Band, Eastern Missouri Conference Band, Southeast Missouri All-District Jazz Band, the Florida Middle School All State Band, Kansas Lions Band, and numerous regional honor bands in many states. He is a member of the International Trombone Association, Phi Mu Alpha, MENC, Missouri Bandmasters, Florida Bandmasters Association, Missouri Music Educators and is available as a soloist, clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor.


Office phone: (573) 651-2398


Scully Building 301
College of Education
One University Plaza, MS 5500
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701