Dr. Tobin Stewart, Director of Orchestral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Montana State University, earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in orchestral conducting and Master of Music in Music Education from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
Before returning to Montana, Tobin served as the Director of Orchestral Activities in the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University. Prior to that he was the Associate Conductor of the University of Nebraska Symphony Orchestra, where he also taught conducting, music theory, and aural skills in the UNL School of Music. Tobin also directed the Nebraska Wesleyan University Orchestra/ Lincoln Civic Orchestra and taught Beginning and Advanced Conducting in the Nebraska Wesleyan music department.
Tobin has studied conducting with Thomas Wilkins, Mark Gibson, Donald Schleicher, Tyler Goodrich White, Ovidiu Balan, Robert Gutter, and Charles Gambetta in both the United States and Romania.
Before beginning his doctoral program, Tobin taught high school orchestra, band, and choir for eight years in Omaha, Bellevue, and Lincoln, Nebraska. Tobin continues to work with high school ensembles as an adjudicator and a clinician.
Tobin is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Florida Music Educators Association, Florida Orchestra Association, College Orchestra Directors Association, Conductor’s Guild, College Music Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
Outside of the music world, Tobin devotes his time to his three kids, Elijah, Samuel, and Lydiana, and his wife, Kirsten. He enjoys backpacking and mountain biking in the Big Sky Country of his home state, Montana.