Robert Mance has been directing Central Standard since 2011. Under his direction, Central Standard has gone from placing 9th at the International Contest to becoming the 2nd place winner of the 2016 International Contest.
Robert is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at the University of Kansas, where he has been conductor of the Oread Consort. He is also the Director of Music at the Shawnee Presbyterian Church in Shawnee, Kansas where he also maintains a private voice studio.
Before starting his studies at KU, Robert most recently served as interim Director of Choral Activities and interim Voice Area Director at William Jewell College in Liberty, MO. Robert has also sung professionally with such groups as the Kansas City Chorale under Charles Bruffy and the Westminster Symphonic Choir and Wesminster Choir under Joe Miller.
He is an active clinician for high school vocal ensembles, maintains a recording studio, and serves as an active barbershop coach and society judge.
Robert completed his undergraduate studies at McGill University in Montreal, QC in voice performance, and completed his graduate studies at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ in choral conducting and voice pedagogy.
Robert resides in Kansas City with his wife Kristin, an English teacher.
Lions Gate Chorus is looking forward to coaching with Rob this fall.