Title/Position: Lecturer, OrganProfile:
Why did you choose music as your career?
I chose music as my career because the study, teaching, and performance of music is the most fulfilling (and challenging) thing I’ve experienced.
What do you consider are the most outstanding highlights of your professional life?
Playing for the visit of Pope John Paul II to Miami in 1987.
Performing on the summer concert series of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. in 2007.
What do you hope to pass on to your students?
I hope to pass on a secure playing technique, the capacity to develop well-informed interpretations, and the confidence to explore one’s own musical ideas. I also hope to pass on my enthusiasm and reverence for the field of sacred music.
What are you listening to these days?
I’m listening to various works I’m considering learning for upcoming recitals, particularly works by women and African-American composers.
Finish the statement, “Music is…”
Music is a mysterious gift to humankind with amazing power to inspire and uplift the human spirit.
Why should a potential student choose the Frost School of Music?
The Frost School of Music has a long tradition of excellence and innovative instruction. I was privileged to earn my three music degrees from the University of Miami, in three different performance areas. My professional success is significantly attributable to the educational experiences I gained as a student within the Frost School.
Dr. Robert Remek is a lecturer in organ performance for the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Dr. Remek has been a church musician in South Florida for 29 years, serving as Director of Music and Organist for both Roman Catholic and Protestant congregations. He is currently the Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. His organ teachers have included Dr. Arden Whitacre, Dr. Warren Canfield, and Dr. Kenon Renfrow. He has previously served as Dean of the Fort Lauderdale chapter of the American Guild of Organists and has passed the Colleague, Associateship, and ChoirMaster professional certification examinations of the Guild. Dr. Remek was nominated for a 2005 Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Miami, and is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Education. In addition to his teaching in the Frost School of Music, Dr. Remek is also Assistant Professor of Humanities at the North Campus of Miami Dade College.