Photo of

Robert Sage, DMA

Professor, 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concerto) for piano and orchestra with the Conejo Symphony; and the non-European premiere performance of a large, unpublished Felix Mendelssohn sonata.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 premiere of Richard Wagner's Die Feen and is also Director of Music for the Claremont Symphony Orchestra.


  • 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

College of Music and the Arts: School of Music


  • Music History
  • Opera
  • Piano Performance