Shaw, Robert (Lawson)
- Michael Steinberg
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(b Red Bluff, CA, April 30, 1916; d New Haven, CT, Jan 25, 1999). American conductor. He studied at Pomona College, Claremont, California (1934–8), where he directed the glee club, which so impressed Fred Waring, the popular radio conductor, that he asked Shaw to help organize the Fred Waring Glee Club in 1938; Shaw conducted it until 1945. He also founded and conducted (1941–54) the Collegiate Chorale in New York, commissioning, among other works, Hindemith’s When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d (1946). In 1944 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the first conductor to receive this honour. He made his début as a symphonic conductor with the Naumburg Orchestra in New York in 1946, and the same year made his first appearance with the NBC SO, for whose concerts under Toscanini he had several times prepared the chorus. He was director of the choral departments of the Juilliard School, and the Berkshire Music Center from ...