Robert Fountain, M.M. & Honorary Doctor of Music from Mount Union College
|University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, WI|
The University of Wisconsin's legendary choral conductor, Robert Fountain, was born into a musical family. In his childhood his mother instructed him in piano, and by the age of eight he had been introduced to the music of Bach. At the age of twelve, he joined his father's church choir and developed a passion for various musical works, Bach in particular. Sadly, about the time he was ready to enroll in college, his father died. Because he had served as the church choir's substitute conductor, it was natural for the younger Fountain to inherit leadership of the group. He received his formal music training at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in New York. He was awarded a Bachelor of Music in Voice, Master of Music in Voice Literature, and the Performer's Certificate. During his Eastman years, he studied with Arthur Fraft, Emanuel Balaban, Herman Genhart, Harold Gleason, and Burrill Philips.