A graduate of the Juilliard School of music, Robert DeCormier's conducting engagements have taken him from Broadway and opera to numerous concert tours throughout the United States and Canada with the Robert De Cormier Singers, seventeen years as music director of the New York Choral Society, conductor and arranger for Harry Belafonte, and since 1978 music director for the popular folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary. From 1972 to 1977 he was associate professor of conducting and ensembles at the Eastman School of Music. In 1993 he helped initiate the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus. In 2000 he founded the professional vocal ensemble, Counterpoint.The group has six recordings on the Albany Record label and Hal Leonard publishes a Counterpoint Series.
DeCormier has written several works, ranging from choral to Broadway and ballet scores. and also arranges extensively, from African-American spirituals to American and international folk songs. His recordings appear on Arabesque, Vox Turnabout, Book-of-the-Month Club, Newport Classics, Centaur and Musical Heritage Society labels. Television credits include a choral series for the BBC, specials for Thames TV and PBS with Jessye Norman, and an Emmy award winning special with Harry Belafonte. He has served on the New York State Council on the Arts and been a member of the Choral Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2002 he was presented with the Vermont Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts and in 2006 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New England Choral Arts Foundation and in May, 2007 he will be given an honorary doctorate by Middlebury College.