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Dr. Robert L. Jefferson

Performer and Clinician and Producer

Jefferson Presents

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Jefferson Presents

8108 W. Osborn Rd.

Phoenix, Arizona 85033

United States

Company Description

How to play Gospel Music with Jefferson Presents. Robert L. Jefferson and Pensacola Publication Series work together to provide a very useful tool in Gospel Music learning. ... more

Background Information

Employment History

Teacher and College of Southern Maryland

College of Southern Maryland

Pacific Air Command Ensemble

the United States Air Force Pacific Air Command Ensemble

Chief Executive Officer and President

Nazareth Christian College

Soldiers' Chorus

The U.S. Army Field Band

Education

Bachelor of Science degree

Grand Canyon University

Master of Music degree

University of Houston

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Biography | Jefferson Presents

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Robert L. Jefferson

Baritone, Robert L. Jefferson, has performed throughout the United States, Japan, Korea, and Australia. Dr. Jefferson's operatic roles include Count Almaviva and Figaro in Mozart's, Le nozze di Figaro, Schaunard in Puccini's, La bohème, Baron Mirko Zeta in Lehár's, The Merry Widow, King Balthazar in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors, scenes from Porgy and Bess, Les Misérables, South Pacific and others.
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Dr. Jefferson has also performed as soloist in oratorio and other choral works, such as Handel's Messiah, Fauré's Requiem, and Ernest Bloch's, Sacred Service.
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In addition to the classical repertoire, Jefferson is an outstanding interpreter of American Patriotic as well as traditional music from the rich African-American heritage.
Jefferson has performed with such notable organizations as the Houston Grand Opera, the United States Air Force Pacific Air Command Ensemble in Tokyo, Japan as well as the Soldiers' Chorus of The United States Army Field Band, Washington, DC. He has also performed with major symphonic orchestras and in concert halls including Strathmore, Meyerhoff, Boston Symphony and Carnegie Hall, and has taught at the elementary through college levels. Dr. Jefferson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona, a Master of Music degree from the University of Houston, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland.
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Being an accomplished pianist and composer, Jefferson is also skilled in jazz and gospel. Dr. Jefferson is the author of the most popular and comprehensive books on the study of Gospel Music Performance Practice and Technique. His text book, Spirituals and Gospel Music Performance Practice: A Dual Curriculum that Bridges the Cultural Divide, is used by educators as a guide in developing a curriculum in the study of Gospel Music and Spirituals in the classroom environment. Dr. Jefferson is published by Oxford University Press, Theodore Presser, Carl Fischer, as well as other publishers.
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Please visit Dr. Robert L. Jefferson at www.jeffersonpresents.com and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
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About Dr. Jefferson's Background and Philosophy
Jefferson's first piano teacher, Mary O. Lewis along with his numerous mentors, including Alma Androzzo, the composer of one of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's most favorite songs; "If I Can Help Somebody," instilled in him at an early age the importance of writing down and sharing what he had learned with others.
During his childhood, Jefferson was developing his leadership and entrepreneurial skills under the guidance of his parents and elders. As a young child, his mother would take him to churches throughout Arizona to play for events throughout the Arizona National Baptist Convention. He lovingly jokes with his mother, "You took me on a circuit when I was a kid. He eventually started teaching private piano at age 14.
Jefferson continues to have an insatiable curiosity about numerous topics, from music, to investing, to human relationships. Motivated by God's love for him through Jesus Christ, Jefferson feels that because of God's mercy and grace toward him, he will always remain indebted to his Savior, Jesus Christ.
Because of his broad interests, Jefferson did not feel that he had to limit himself to one particular style of music. His early training began with Gospel Music through the church, playing by ear; and learning Classical Music through his private piano lessons. He sometimes says, "It was like learning two different languages simultaneously. At church, there was very little written musical notation, while at school, however, there was only written musical notation. As a result, both idioms were of equal importance."
He naively thought that everyone had this same experience, but was surprised to find out that there were groups of musicians who play wonderfully by ear but the written score was like reading ancient Greek to them, and on the other hand, there were groups of musicians who could play almost any musical score you placed in front of them, but when it came to playing by ear, they were completely dumbfounded.
Jefferson goes on to say, "Being able to read musical notation and play by ear has allowed me to have the best of both worlds.
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God, through His Son, Jesus Christ, has used music as a means of preparing Jefferson for God's purpose, the "unity of the faith."
Ephesians 4:11-13 And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unit of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
Unity and diversity within the Body of Christ was not something that Jefferson desired as a life long dream or passion, but God in His mercy has seen fit that He use Jefferson for this purpose. "I would not choose this mission on my own, actually, I would rather be doing something that was less controversial, but may God's will be done in my life."
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Soldiers' Chorus Biographies

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Master Sergeant Robert Jefferson MSG Jefferson served as pianist for the Pacific Air Forces Band in Tokyo, Japan, vocalist with Houston Grand Opera, and has authored piano method books titled How to Play Black Gospel. He earned a M.M at the University of Houston and a B.S. at Grand Canyon University.


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Robert L. Jefferson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona, a Master of Music degree from the University of Houston, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Maryland. He began playing the piano for the church at the age of nine. Dr. Jefferson was able to refine his gospel style by serving as pianist for the Mount Calvary Baptist Church, the Salt River Valley District Association Congress and the Arizona National Baptist Convention. He also promoted the gospel style of piano playing through his private piano students.

After leaving Phoenix, he served as organist for the Christian Fellowship of Musicians and Entertainers and taught class piano at the University of Houston. Jefferson has had extensive performing experience as pianist for a variety of gospel artists throughout the United States and Asia. While in Japan, he was musical director of the Yokota Inspirational Gospel Choir in Tokyo and also educator for numerous Japanese gospel choirs and musicians throughout Japan.
He is experienced as a soloist, songwriter, recording artist and jazz pianist and continues to perform and conduct workshops nationally and internationally. He has performed with major symphonic orchestras and in concert halls including Strathmore, Meyerhoff, Boston Symphony and Carnegie Hall. Jefferson also has choral works and other compositions published by Theodore Presser and Oxford University Press as well as other publishers.
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Jefferson has presented workshops and clinics at Music Educators National Conferences, churches, colleges and universities. Advised and consulted CEOs and religious leaders in cross cultural communication, enculturation and outward perspectives, and marketing; to aid in increasing and broadening the ethnic, racial and age diversity of their congregations, audiences and organizations. Learn more about Robert Jefferson at http://www.jeffersonpresents.com.


Music That Heals the Soul

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By Robert L. Jefferson

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Robert L. Jefferson
Robert L. Jefferson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona, a Master of Music degree from the University of Houston, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Maryland. He began playing the piano for the church at the age of nine. Dr. Jefferson was able to refine his gospel style by serving as pianist for the Mount Calvary Baptist Church, the Salt River Valley District Association Congress and the Arizona National Baptist Convention. He also promoted the gospel style of piano playing through his private piano students.
After leaving Phoenix, he served as organist for the Christian Fellowship of Musicians and Entertainers and taught class piano at the University of Houston. Jefferson has had extensive performing experience as pianist for a variety of gospel artists throughout the United States and Asia. While in Japan, he was musical director of the Yokota Inspirational Gospel Choir in Tokyo and also educator for numerous Japanese gospel choirs and musicians throughout Japan.
He is experienced as a soloist, songwriter, recording artist and jazz pianist and continues to perform and conduct workshops nationally and internationally. He has performed with major symphonic orchestras and in concert halls including Strathmore, Meyerhoff, Boston Symphony and Carnegie Hall.
Jefferson also has choral works and other compositions published by Theodore Presser and Oxford University Press as well as other publishers.

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