Dr. Robert Foster
Professor of Music
Dr. Robert Foster integrates a wide range of interests and experiences into the music he performs and composes. A versatile woodwind performer, he honed his musical skills in Detroit, where he was immersed in the varied sounds that city is known for -- jazz, blues, Motown, funk, rock, and classical music. He furthered his studies and professional experience in the Los Angeles area and Colorado, where he obtained his doctorate at the University of Northern Colorado, and played lead alto sax in the Downbeat award winning Lab Band I.
As a Professor of Music in the Department of Music at Augusta State University, Dr. Foster directs the jazz ensembles, teaches courses in improvisation, theory, jazz history, and world humanities. He also teaches and coordinates applied instruction on woodwinds.
Dr. Foster has performed with jazz artists such as Ralph Alessi, Louis Bellson, Dave Brubeck, Ravi Coltrane, Michael Dease, Dizzy Gillespie, Wycliffe Gordon, Lalo, Art Lande, James Newton, Terrell Stafford, Clark Terry, and Rodney Whitaker, as well as with popular artists such as Joey Bishop, Albert Collins, Charlie Daniels, John Denver, The Four Tops, Crystal Gayle, The Ink Spots, Melissa Manchester, Maureen McGovern, Bob Newhart, Olivia Newton-John, Mitch Ryder, The Temptations, The Platters, etc.
He can be heard with several ensembles in the Augusta area, ranging from Rob Foster & Pulsar to Symphony Orchestra Augusta.