Robert's music has been described as "inventive”, "clever" and "full of musicality" by critics and musicians. His works have been commissioned and performed by some of the finest professional and academic musicians in North America, Europe, South America and Asia, including The Bay Brass, Borealis Wind Quintet, Atlanta Chamber Winds, and North Texas Wind Symphony,and his works have been performed in concert halls in New York, Bangkok, Vienna, Cologne, Milan, as well as Interlochen, the "Music for All" Honor Band of America, the National Orchestra Festival/ASTA the WASBE international conference, the American Bandmasters Association conference, the National Flute Association conference, the Midwest Clinic, ASBDA, numerous All-State bands, and the CBDNA Western/Northwestern Conference. His music has been honored with a number of awards, most recently in 2019 when his “Diversions” for clarinet and winds received 1st Prize in the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Competition.
Robert's music frequently combine sophisticated art music forms and techniques with a non-patronizing sensitivity toward audience accessibility. This duality - the musician's concern for aesthetic sophistication and artistic integrity, and for communicating more openly and directly to a listener - has been developing since his adolescent years as a serious flute student in the Cleveland Institute of Music's Preparatory program, and a free-lance saxophonist in horn sections of jazz, r&b and other dance bands.
Robert Spittal is Professor of Music at Gonzaga University (USA), where he served as led the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds from 1992-2018. He now leads Gonzaga’s Creative Music Lab Ensemble and teaches conducting and music theory, and mentors students in the undergraduate conducting minor. Spittal received a Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Eugene Corporon. Prior to CCM, he studied with Michael Haithcock (Baylor University, MM, 1990) and Craig Kirchhoff (BME, Ohio State University, 1985). He has also studied conducting with Frank Battisti and H. Robert Reynolds. Robert is the conductor of the professional brass ensemble Clarion, and he has led
performances by the Spokane Symphony, Spokane British Brass Band, Mosaic Chamber Ensemble, and numerous collegiate and high school bands and orchestras
in the US and Canada.