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Robert Sage, DMA

Keyboard Studies
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3582
Alternate: (909) 596-7636
Fax: (626) 969-7419
Robert Sage is an experienced pianist and harpsichordist, serving as soloist, chamber musician, conductor, coach, accompanist, adjudicator, clinician, and master class instructor. Sage received his doctorate in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California (USC) under the tutelage of Lillian Steuber, and also studied with Harry Datyner of the Geneva (Switzerland) Conservatory.

Dr. Sage has taught at APU for 32 years. He teaches private piano lessons and courses in Music History and Literature. He has a remarkable classical repertoire and has given recitals composed entirely from audience requests.

In addition to Sage's experience as a pianist, he has been the harpsichordist for a large number of Handel's Messiah and Vivaldi's Gloria performances, with such soloists as Jerome Hines and Robert Hale. Other performances have included concerts at the Crystal Cathedral (California); live performances from Barnsdall Park (Los Angeles) on KFAC (FM radio); western United States premiere performance of Claude Debussy's Fantaisie (a three movement concerto) for piano and orchestra with the Conejo Symphony; and the non-European premiere performance of a large, unpublished Felix Mendelssohn sonata. Sage serves as the Director of Music for the Lyric Opera of Los Angeles where he conducted a number of first performances, including the American staged permiere of Richard Wagner's Die Feen and is also Director of Music for the Claremont Symphony Orchrestra.


D.M.A. - Piano Performance, University of Southern California, 1977
M.M. - Piano Performance, University of Southern California, 1969
B.A. - Piano and French, La Sierra University, 1968

Advanced Language Certificate, Alliance Française, 1966


  • College of Music and the Arts
  • School of Music


  • Music History
  • Opera
  • Piano Performance

Professional/Scholarly Presentations

Tchaikowsky Concerto no.1, Rachmaninoff no.2, no.3 and no.4, Paganni Rhapsody, Saint Saëns No. 2, and Brahms no.1 and no. 2, Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, Debussy's Fantasie Redlands Conejo, Rio Hondo, and Claremont Symphonies, 1988-present

Professional Experience

Academic Experience
Chairman, Department of Music, French Adventist Seminary, Collonges-sous-Salève, France, 1971-1974

Professor of Music, Southern College, Tennessee, 1976-1982

Industry Experience
Pianist, Paul Hill Chorale, Washington, D.C., 1970-1971

Studio Accompanist for William Vennard and William Eddy, University of Southern California, 1968-69

Ministerial/Para-church Experience
Director of Music, St. John's Episcopal Church, La Verne, 1983-present

Professional Involvement and Accomplishments

Honors, Awards, Recognition
Semi-Finalist – Ettore Pozzoli Competition – Seregno, Italy, 1981
Semi-Finalist – Ferruccio Busoni Competition – Bolzano, Italy, 1978
Semi-Finalist – Gina Bachauer Competition, Utah, 1977
Semi-Finalist – Concert Artist Guild Competition, New York City, 1977
Recipient of Advanced Language Certificate from Alliance Française, 1966
Winner - California Young Artist Competition, Redlands Bowl, Senior (1965) and Junior (1963)

Associations, Boards, Committees
Phi Kappa Lambda music honor society
Alpha Mu Gamma language honor society