Robbie is a music director, conductor, pianist, vocal coach, orchestrator, arranger, choral singer, voice-over artist, writer, composer, and trivia enthusiast. He lives in New York City.
He was the music director and conductor for the 1st national tour of Bullets Over Broadway, the Woody Allen musical directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman. He was the music director and conductor for Kathleen Marshall’s acclaimed Roundabout production of Anything Goes. Other touring credits include Shrek, Elf, and Damn Yankees. Productions like these have allowed him to perform in some of the country’s most famed and historic venues, including the Kennedy Center, the Hollywood Pantages, and Chicago’s Cadillac Palace. He has performed in 49 states (Hawaii remains elusive).
In New York City, Robbie is the resident music director for the long-running off-broadway hit The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking and The Imbible: Day Drinking, currently playing at New World Stages, as well as The Imbible: Christmas Carol Cocktails. Regionally, Robbie has worked at some of America’s most loved theaters, like the Ogunquit Playhouse and Northern Stage, and his work has been honored with many awards. Crazy for You and All Shook Up won the Moss Hart awards for professional excellence in two consecutive years at the New London Barn Playhouse, where Robbie was also honored with the “Best Music Direction” award by the New Hampshire Theater Awards for his work on The Mystery of Edwin Drood. He’s received several awards and nominations both for best production and best music direction from the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle and the Bay Area Theatre Awards for his work on shows like Sweeney Todd, Triassic Parq, and Assisted Living, the musical at theaters including Ray Of Light, Woodminster Amphitheater, and Berkeley Playhouse. His vocal arrangements appeared at Hersheypark in Once Upon… for which he also served as music director. He has worked with Midtown Arts Center in Colorado, Skyline Theater Company in New Jersey, the Scranton Shakespeare Festival, and was the music supervisor for the off-off-Broadway revival of the 60’s musical Touch at the historic 13th St Repertory Theater.
The 4 Guys Who Sing, and original concert revue concept written, produced, and directed by Robbie is now entertaining audiences worldwide. His arrangements and orchestrations have been heard at several regional theaters and in New York at acclaimed new music venue National Sawdust.
In addition to theater, Robbie has been a member of a number of notable choral ensembles. In New York, he is a permanent member of the Marble Sanctuary Choir, with whom he has appeared in concert and on recordings and which streams performances live every Sunday.. He has performed as a regular substitute chorister with the St. Bartholomew’s Choir. He is a long-time collaborator with the cutting-edge vocal ensemble Choral Chameleon, for which he has also served as contractor. He has been a proud member of Essential Voices USA, lead by Judith Clurman, with whom he has performed multiple times at Carnegie Hall and has been heard in recording on National Public Radio. He has served as full time director of music ministries at Sts. Lawrence O’Toole and Cyril of Jerusalem Catholic Church in Oakland, CA and Holy Trinity Episcopal church of Spokane, WA. He has cantored or lead chorus sections at parishes including Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Anselm’s, Regina Pacis, St. Michael’s, and St. Bernadette’s in Brooklyn.
Coaching clients of Robbie’s have won roles on Broadway, in national tours, and at major regional theaters. He is on faculty at AMDA and has worked at Pace University. His holistic approach to song interpretation focuses not only on the technical musical elements of a piece but the acting beats which inspire, and are inspired by, the music.
He writes on topics related to the philosophy of religion at The Catholic Atheist. His academic philosophical interests include epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics, particularly as they relate to organized religion. He studied these topics in greater depth while a student at New College, Oxford University. He hopes to publish his first book on faith in the modern era soon.
Born and raised in Anchorage, AK, Robbie holds degrees in music and philosophy with honors from Gonzaga University and an MM from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.robbie-cowan-MD-resume