is fulfilling destiny as musical director of the first Filipino American Symphony Orchestra
As a FilAm whose life has always been about music, it's clear that he was born for this purpose.
Destined to be the driving force behind FASO, Shroder fits all the requirements of an excellent musical director- a dynamic personality, a very good musician, outstanding experience and communication skills, an organized, efficient, and driven leader.
name and appearance, Shroder
seems to be as American as apple pie.
But once you hear him talking in straight Tagalog, you'll learn that he
is as Pinoy as kare-kare and adobo.
And this pride in being Filipino and his
passion to cultivate love for Philippine arts and music help him accomplish beautifully what FASO
been created to achieve.
"Pinoy na Pinoy ako!
As a conductor, Robert has impeccably sensitive ears, as well as a rhythmic and interpretative sense of musicianship.
is skillfully acquainted with every instrument of the orchestra, and is an outstanding flutist.
not only makes sure entries are made at the right precision and that there is a unified beat; Robert
sets the tempo, executes clear preparations, listens critically and shapes the execution of the sound of the ensemble.
grew up in Kawit
, Cavite and studied at Emilio Aguinaldo Elementary School, Kawit High School and San Sebastian High School
then took up Music Conducting at the University of the Philippines Conservatory of Music
, with Flute as his
major instrument under Prof. Enrique Barcelo, then later concentrated in chamber music and conducting.
While in college, he
was also the principal flutist of the Philippine Youth Orchestra under the baton of Prof. Sergio Esmilla Jr., and the leader and flutist of the U.P. Woodwind Quintet and Flute Ensemble.
Due to his
college standing as a consistent university scholar, he
became qualified and was invited to join the Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity
which was brought to the Philippine major music institutions by Dr. Lucrecia Kasilag.
passion and talent for music are in his
won the Grand Prize in the National Music Competition for Young Artists in 1982, which was sponsored by Imelda Marcos.
also taught flute and chamber music in UP and did regular recording sessions for pop music and the Pilipino movie industry.
immigrated in 1991 and first stayed in Ohio to spend some time with his
relatives from the Shroder clan.
also conducted music workshops in local schools.
moved to San Diego and eventually to Los Angeles.
While in San Diego, he
played with the Chula Vista Pops Orchestra, San Diego Community Band, the Al Bahr Shrine Concert Band and The Notables Big Band Jazz.
also directed church choirs and musicians during regular Sunday Mass.
In Los Angeles, he was the founding conductor of the Boyle Heights Youth Symphony.
is also the first Filipino-American in the symphony which was founded in 2002.
A favorite symphony of the Office of the Mayor, Shroder
team frequently perform in government social and community.
Shroder is also a freelance musician and a member of the National Flute Association.
plays to a mixed audience for special events, which include the Mt. Washington Philharmonic Orchestra; but his
favorite, of course, is performing for Filipino-American community events.
and wife Amy have four children, Katrina, Timothy, Vanessa and Andrew.
Vanessa is a flutist like her
dad while Andrew is a singer.
Since migrating to the States, Robert
makes sure he
family maintains close ties with the homeland.
"We go back at least every other year to the Philippines.
I am always in touch with friends and associates in the Philippines," he
"Filipino orchestra musicians here in Southern California have long dreamed of founding a Filipino symphony orchestra not only for the Filipino community but for the mainstream music lovers.
Thank God our dream has now come true," Robert
Under Maestro Shroder's skillful baton, FASO
is sure to be a very dynamic orchestra.
expertise, experience, and passion for music and Filipino culture, we can truly say there's no better musical conductor to lead FASO
than the maestro from Cavite --- Robert Shroder