Stanley L. Roberts is in his 18th year of teaching in the Townsend School of Music of Mercer University where he is the Arthur Lowndes Rich Professor of Choral Conducting and Associate Dean. In this position, he conducts the Mercer Singers and the Mercer Women’s Chamber Choir, while teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting, choral literature and techniques. Since becoming director of the Mercer Singers, this ensemble has sung on numerous programs for the Georgia Music Educators Association, the Southern Division of MENC, and the Southern Division of the American Choral Directors Association. Additionally, his choirs are often featured with the Macon Symphony Orchestra where Dr. Roberts is a frequent guest conductor. A passionate educator, Dr. Roberts was chosen as Mercer University’s Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year (2001), Professor of the Year (2004) by Mercer’s Student Government Association, and the Townsend School of Music Professor of the Year (2009, 2010, 2012). Highly regarded as a conductor and clinician he has conducted All-State Choirs, Honor Choirs, and Festival Choruses throughout the United States, England and Europe, as well as workshops in universities, colleges, churches and schools.
An energetic member of the MENC and ACDA, he has served in numerous leadership capacities for both organizations and is past president for Georgia ACDA. Also active as a church musician for more than 25 years, he is an editor of the newly released hymnal Celebrating Grace and currently serves as minister of music of First Baptist Church of Christ of Macon — a position he has held for 20 years. In 1994, he became founder of jubilate! — a mass-choir experience for church youth choirs. Dr. Roberts is a graduate of Mercer University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.