Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Music Robert “Bob” M. Isgro and Maria “Mary” Isgro have made a mixed outright and deliberate present in assist of refrain ensembles and vocal college students in SUNY Geneseo’s Division of Music.
“We’re most grateful for this beneficiant present from Bob and Mary Isgro,” mentioned Geneseo President Denise A. Battles. “It celebrates the performing arts at Geneseo and underscores our mission to arrange college students for enriched lives and success on this planet.”
The Isgros’ present establishes The Dr. Robert M. and Maria L. Isgro Choral Music Endowment to assist all academically acknowledged refrain ensembles of Geneseo, from artists-in-residence and voice classes to performances and excursions.
As well as, they’ve contributed to their present Dr. Robert M. and Maria L. Isgro Scholarship Endowment to assist Geneseo college students pursuing a level in vocal efficiency who’ve demonstrated excellence of their craft.
“Bob and Mary’s present is really transformational — a lot the way in which Bob’s instructing and management was,” mentioned Gerard Floriano, music division chair and director of choral actions. “I personally am a product of his mentorship, and I’m so thrilled for the generations of future college students who will profit from ‘Doc and Docette’s’ generosity and assist. This present is a testomony to the Isgros’ religion within the music program and the way forward for music at Geneseo.”
Throughout his tenure at SUNY Geneseo from 1963 to 1998, Bob Isgro served as administrator, choral director, and professor. Along with conducting three choirs, he was chair of the Division of Music in its adolescence and taught a wide range of programs, together with music appreciation, choral literature, music historical past, people music, and conducting.
Isgro’s most enduring contribution throughout his 35-year tenure was his management of the Geneseo Chamber Singers. He taught and directed a whole bunch of younger vocalists to spectacular ranges of inventive and mental achievement.
Mary Isgro, a former elementary faculty trainer, usually accompanied Bob and the Chamber Singers on live performance excursions as an unofficial information, chaperone, and pleasant guide. In retirement, Bob and Mary Isgro proceed to remain in contact with Chamber Singers alumni.