INTERIM CHANCEL CHOIR DIRECTOR
Dr. Robin Koozer, professor of music and department chair at Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska, holds the distinction of having been named Nebraska’s Outstanding Young Educator. An active music education consultant, choral clinician, and adjudicator, Koozer earned his Bachelor’s degree at Hastings College, Master’s degree at Kearney State College and a Doctorate at Arizona State University. Koozer was named Hastings College’s Outstanding Advisor in 1996 and has been chosen twice to deliver the prestigious Artist/Lecture Series Invited Faculty Lecture. He serves the National Association of Schools of Music as a consultant and evaluator for accreditation. In addition to his work with Hastings College, in 2010, Koozer joined the Hastings College Foundation as a Develop Associate with primary work in fine arts and music development initiatives. Koozer also serves on the faculty of the Bethel Woods Music Academy in Bethel, New York.
In 2002, Koozer was appointed by Gov. Michael Johanns to the Nebraska Arts Council and reappointed to a second term in 2006 by Gov. Dave Heineman. Koozer served on the Executive Committee of NAC as well as the Chair of the Education Grant panel. A lifelong Presbyterian and Broken Bow native, in 2009, Koozer was honored by the Nebraska Humanities Council to be chosen as Nebraska State Scholar for the New Harmonies: American Root Music project. As State Scholar, Koozer edited The Nebraska Companion which documented music origins and music history in his home state.
Koozer is a past member and served as president of the Board of Directors of numerous organizations including Hastings Rotary, the Hastings Symphony Orchestra, and the Hastings Community Theatre. Koozer serves as a consultant to several arts councils and agencies in Nebraska.
From 1972, until his retirement in 2014, Koozer served First Presbyterian Church in the Music Ministry in a number of positions including: Chancel Choir member, director of youth choirs, accompanist, soloist, Coordinator of Music and director of the Chancel Choir. As a member of the church, he has been a deacon, elder, trustee, and advisor to the FPC Foundation. For the past twenty-eight years, Dr. Koozer has serve as site-coordinator for the Omaha Seminary Foundation Summer Pastors School at Hastings College.
Robin is married to Ann (McDougal). They have two grown daughters, Margaret “Maggie” and Catherine “C.J.”