Robert Culbertson

Professor of Horn
Office: Simmons Music Building, Room 220
Phone: 409-880-8073


  • D.M.A, University of Texas at Austin, 1990
  • M.M., Northern Illinois University, 1974
  • B.M., Northern Illinois University, 1968
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Robert Culbertson, a native of Rockford, Illinois, began playing horn at the age of twelve, and continued playing in orchestra through junior high, high school, and college. His first solo with an orchestra was performed as a concerto contest winner with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in 1966.

Dr. Culbertson received degrees in theory and composition (1968) and horn performance (1974) from Northern Illinois University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts (horn) from the University of Texas (1990). His principal teachers were Wayne Barrington, former hornist with the Chicago Symphony and Kansas City Orchestras; Dale Clevenger, principal horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; and William Klingelhoffer (Chicago, Houston, and San Francisco Operas).

He served as principal horn in several US Air Force bands from 1968 to 1972, during the Vietnam War era, and as an adjunct faculty member teaching horn at the University of Wisconsin in 1974. He moved to Beaumont to teach at Lamar University that same year.

Dr. Culbertson has served as principal horn with the Symphony of Southeast Texas continuously since 1974, and has also served as principal horn with the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra and the Rapides Symphony Orchestra in Alexandria, Louisiana. He has performed with the Texas Opera Theater and the Houston Symphony, as well as numerous other orchestras and musical ensembles in Southeast Texas and Southwestern Louisiana.

Dr. Culbertson has performed as soloist with the Lamar Civic Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble on several occasions, and has been a featured artist with the Symphony of Southeast Texas and the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra.