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Rob Gardner

Rob Gardner has composed for film, television, studio recordings, and the concert stage. Among his works are four stage musicals: Joan of Arc, The Price of Freedom, Twelve Princesses, and most recently, Blackbeard . Rob is also the author of three sacred oratorios, He is Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith the Prophet, and Saints and Pioneers. Previously, he was a member of and arranger for the bestselling 7-man a cappella group Two Five Nine. Among his other credits are several documentary films for which he contributed music. Rob graduated with a BS in Business from BYU and is co-founder and president of Spire Music, a nonprofit organization dedicated to producing concerts and superior music recordings of a sacred and inspiring nature.

Currently, Rob resides in Mesa, AZ and is preparing for the world premiere of Blackbeard, which will take place at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix in September. For information, visit www.blackbeardthemusical.com.

Stage / Concert Works
*denotes a performance conducted by the composer


Stage musical about Blackbeard, the notorious American pirate.

Workshop at Mesa Community College, Mesa, AZ  July 2007

Saints and Pioneers

Oratorio for choir, orchestra, soloists and narrators
about the struggles of the early Mormon pioneers

Notable Performances:
Provo Tabernacle, Provo, UT  March 2005*
ASU Gammage, Tempe, AZ  October 2006*
Hart Auditorium, Rexburg, ID November 2006*

Twelve Princesses

A stage musical based on the Brother Grimms’ tale, The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Commissioned by Mesa Community College Music Department.

Mesa Community College, Mesa, AZ  July 2004
2-week run

The Price of Freedom

A multi-media musical about the soldiers of World War II and their families.

Notable Performances:
Mesa, AZ  November 2002*
Provo, UT  September 2003*
Gilbert, AZ  February 2005*

Hymn to the Innocent
Work for choir and orchestra

Written in tribute to the innocent victims of the September 11th tragedy. Premiered September 27, 2001.

Joseph Smith the Prophet

Oratorio for choir, orchestra, soloists and narrators
on the life of Joseph Smith, the founder of the LDS church.

Notable Performances:
Provo Tabernacle, Provo, UT  March 2001, September 2001*
Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake City, UT September 2005*
ASU Gammage, Tempe, AZ  October 2005*
Rexburg Tabernacle, Rexburg, ID November 2005*
Salt Lake Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, UT April 2008 (Pres. Thomas S. Monson, Pres. Deiter F. Uchtdorf, Elder Russell M. Nelson in attendance)*

He is Jesus Christ

Sacred oratorio for choir, orchestra, soloists and narrators on the life of Jesus Christ.

Notable Performances:
Talence Chapel, Bordeaux, France  December 1997
Provo Tabernacle, Provo, UT  December 2000*
Brigham Young University campus, UT  March 2001*
Stanford University campus, CA  April 2001*
ASU Gammage, Tempe, AZ  March 2006*

La Fin de la Journée
Overture for orchestra

Winner of the Music Teachers National Association Composition Competition


All recordings conducted by the composer

Joseph Smith the Prophet: Live at Abravanel Hall A live recording of the work with revisions to the narration, score and orchestration.

The Missionary Hymn Project

Collection of traditional hymn arrangements
Arranged, produced and conducted
December 2005

Hidalgo Closing Sequence

3-minute underscore written as the final project for the 2005 ASCAP Television and Film Scoring Workshop, recorded on the Fox Newman Recording Stage in Hollywood.
July 2005

Saints and Pioneers

Spire Chorus and Orchestra
October 2004

The Price of Freedom

Spire Music Artists and Orchestra
June 2003

He is Jesus Christ

Spire Chorus and Orchestra
January 2002

Joseph Smith the Prophet

Spire Chorus and Orchestra
March 2001

Film / Television

Joseph Smith the Prophet (2007) Live performance filmed at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City.
Praise to the Man (2005) Docudrama on the life of LDS Church founder Joseph Smith.  Producer: T.C. Christensen
Between Iraq and a Hard Place (2005) Film documenting the experiences of soldiers fighting in Iraq. Narrated by Martin Sheen. Producer: Rex J. Pratt
Saints at War in Korea (2003) Documentary chronicling the experiences of several soldiers in the Korean Conflict. Producer: Robert Freeman
Brides on the Homefront (2001) Emmy award-winning World War II documentary for PBS affiliate. Producer: Rebecca Byers


Selected participant in 2005 ASCAP Television and Film Scoring Workshop ASCAP
Los Angeles, CA
July 2005

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