Bob Stoloff is an accomplished musician and internationally renowned music educator. He has worked extensively as a conductor, clinician and ensemble adjudicator at jazz festivals, and seminars in the United States, Europe and South America. Bob is known around the world for his unique approach to vocal improvisation.
The breadth of Bob's teaching and performing background is rooted in the rigorous and varied training he received at the LaGuardia School of Performing Arts in New York City. At age 19, Bob's cache of musical instruments included trumpet, drums, flute, acoustic bass and alto saxophone. His stylistic diversity enabled him to perform in a score of ensembles including concert band, symphony and chamber orchestra, brass ensemble, jazz choir, stage band and a remarkable group called The Metropolitan Jazz Quartet.
As a student at Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music, Bob majored in music education and began cultivating a passion for writing music to film. After joining The Boston Film/Video Foundation, Bob's score to the animation, "A Hard Passage," won a special award for best music at the annual Zagreb Music Festival in Slovenia.
Upon graduating Berklee with a Bachelor in Music Education, Bob became an active multi-instrumental studio musician in the Boston area. It was during this time that he began to develop a keen interest in scat singing. Bob�s first performance opportunity as a vocal instrumentalist was touring throughout Europe with Vocal Summit , an a cappella group with an all-star line-up featuring Bobby McFerrin. Soon after that, Bob began a 28-year tenure as a Professor and Assistant Chair for Berklee's Voice Department.
Bob's successful career as an educator, performer and consultant has spanned decades, venues and collaborations with educators and musicians worldwide. Bob currently offers a potpourri of musicianship skills at the Real School of Music in Burlington, Ma, where he teaches private instruction in voice, drums, flute, songwriting, harmony, theory, arranging, ear training and college audition preparation.
Three of Bob’s former students, Paula Cole, Luciana Souza, and Layla Hathaway, are Grammy Award winners.