Department of MusicUniversity Wind Ensemble

David P. Robbins

David P. Robbins

Chair, Professor of Music

253-535-7603 (office)



Chair of Music Department, Applied Composition and Percussion Lessons, Teaches Music Theory


M.M. in Composition, University of Michigan

B.M. in Composition, University of Michigan

David P. Robbins is Chair of the Department of Music and Professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University, where he has taught since 1969. Born in suburban Washington, D.C., he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in composition from the University of Michigan. As a composer, Mr. Robbins has created works in a wide range of genre and style, including orchestral works, chamber music, film scores, and music theater. Specializing as a conductor of 20th century chamber ensembles, he produced a nationally-recognized series of programs at PLU featuring recent and classic 20th century music. As a performer and clinician, he remains active as a percussionist in the Northwest. During his tenure at PLU, Mr. Robbins increased the study of 20th century music, including jazz, in the core studies of all music students, guided revisions of the department's various curricula, renewed the department's national accreditation several times, increased recruitment efforts and scholarship resources, and directed planning and construction of a new music building. He served on the university taskforce which revised the general education program, co-chaired the university's recent decennial accreditation review, and has served as chair of the university faculty.