Dr. Robert Larson recently retired as the Director of Jazz Studies at Shenandoah Conservatory where he taught for thirty-nine years. He also served three terms as chair of the Instrumental Division. He holds degrees from Eastern Washington University, the University of Oregon, and Shenandoah Conservatory. He conducted the Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Ensemble from 1987-2000, and during that time the ensemble performed with Randy Brecker, Billy Taylor, Bob Berg, Conrad Herwig, Allen Vizzutti, Vince DiMartino, Chris Vadala, and many others. The ensemble performed in China, Japan, Spain, France, and Iceland as well as throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Dr. Larson taught courses in jazz history, jazz improvisation, jazz repertoire, jazz pedagogy, and private jazz piano instruction. His book, Arranging for the Small Jazz Ensemble (Armfield Academic Press) has received glowing reviews from jazz educators and students across the country and internationally and is used extensively at the collegiate level. His latest book, Practical Jazz Piano: A Comprehensive Method, serves as a culmination of his teaching materials and philosophy gained by almost fifty years of teaching jazz piano. He has published articles in the College Music Society, the Music Educators Journal, the Virginia Music Educators Association Journal, and the International Association of Jazz Educators Papers. Dr. Larson has presented at conferences for the Jazz Educators Network, the National Jazz Workshop, and for the National Association of Jazz Educators on the early recordings of Bill Evans. He has provided clinics throughout the region and adjudicated at many jazz festivals and competitions. His CD, Popular Delusions, has earned national radio play, and features the finest musicians in the Washington DC region. Bob can be heard on two recordings with the Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra – Two Seconds to Midnight and Primetime featuring Doc Severinsen. He performs with his own trio, with the Capitol Bones, the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, and many others. Larson has served on the touring panel for the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the board of First Night Winchester, and was the host of the National Jazz Workshop at Shenandoah Conservatory for twelve years.