Professor Robert X. Rodriguez

Robert X. Rodriguez


  • musical composition
  • conducting
  • orchestral music
  • chamber music
  • opera
  • music for theater
  • Latin-American music
  • music for children


Charles Lilly

Expert at a Glance

Robert Xavier Rodríguez School of Arts and Humanities

Professor of aesthetic studies

The music of Robert Xavier Rodríguez is regularly performed in U.S., European and Latin-American musical centers.

Rodríguez has written in all genres — opera, orchestral, concerto, ballet, vocal, choral, chamber, solo and music for the theater — but he has been drawn most strongly in recent years to works for the stage, including music for children.

He has served as composer in residence for the Dallas Symphony and, most recently, the San Antonio Symphony. He currently holds the endowed chair of University Professor of Music and is director of the Musica Nova ensemble at The University of Texas at Dallas. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Rodríguez earned a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) in composition from the University of Southern California.


Updated: November 29, 2011