Professor, Graduate Advisor
Head of MFA Musical Theatre Program
Office: DA 05A
MM, Choral Conducting, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati
BA, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Robert Meffe, Head of the SDSU MFA Musical Theatre Program, spent twenty-two years in New York City as a professional conductor, music director, keyboardist, orchestrator, arranger and music copyist. His Broadway credits include: Associate Conductor of Little Women and the last six years of Les Misérables, keyboards for Evita (2012 revival), Newsies, The Phantom of the Opera, Avenue Q, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Grey Gardens, and Bombay Dreams.
National Tour credits include Music Director of Evita (2012 revival) and The Phantom of the Opera, Associate Conductor of Les Misérables, Little Women, and Sunday in the Park with George. Off-Broadway: Myths & Hymns, Violet, The Prince and the Pauper, Gutenberg! The Musical!, and music arrangements for Disenchanted. TV: Earth To America (TBS), Renee Fleming-Live at Lincoln Center (PBS). Las Vegas: Associate Conductor of Avenue Q, keyboards for Mamma Mia and Hairspray. Williamstown Theatre Festival: Ten Cents a Dance (directed by John Doyle). Paper Mill Playhouse: Peter Pan (Music Director), Forum, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Associate), A Wonderful Life, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (keyboards). San Diego credits include keyboards for Wicked and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (San Diego Civic Theatre), Bright Star and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (The Old Globe) and Far Away Places, a one-night cabaret show with Patti Lupone (Balboa Theatre).
Robert served as Music Prep Supervisor/Orchestrator for the benefit concert, You’ve Got a Friend at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles honoring legendary singer/songwriter Carole King. New orchestrations included “I Feel the Earth Move” for Alicia Keys and “It’s Too Late” for Amy Grant.
A champion of new works, Mr. Meffe has music directed many workshops and reading of new musicals including Mister Doctor by B.D. Wong and Wayne Barker, We Foxes and Darling, both written by Ryan Scott Oliver, Quanah by Larry Gatlin, College: The Musical by Drew Fornarola and Scott Elmegreen, A Lasting Impression by Zoe Sarnak, Factory Girls by Sean Mahoney and Creighton Irons and I Capture the Castle by Cara Reichel and Peter Foley.
Prior to his appointment at San Diego State University, Mr. Meffe served as Director of Music for the highly acclaimed BFA Musical Theatre Program at Pace University.