Robert Slack has been Principal Percussionist of the Pacific Symphony since 1993. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, completed Doctoral studies at S.U.N.Y, Stony Brook, and was a Tanglewood Institute fellow in 1989. An active performer throughout Southern California, he has appeared in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella series, toured China with the San Diego Symphony, and has played in a variety of Broadway shows including Wicked, Evita, The Carman, and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Robert is also a featured soloist with the Pacific Symphony and, under the direction of John Williams, performed the solo vibraphone part for Escapades for Vibraphone, Alto Saxophone, and Orchestra. In addition, he serves on the faculty at California State University, Fullerton and Irvine Valley College. Also active in the Jazz Field, Robert studied jazz improvisation with Charles Shoemake and jazz drums with Joe Morello, and has performed with Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, McCoy Tyner, and Ann Hampton Callaway.