Manning, Robert H. (1929-2020)

Manning, Robert H. (1929-2020)

Date Updated




Academic Rank


Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

University of Southern California, 1958 MM

Drake University, 1951 BME

Teaching Experience

San Jose State University, 1968-1992

Fremont Union High School District, 1970-1981

University of Montana, Summer 1970

Bakersfield College, CA, 1967-1968

East Bakersfield High School, CA, 1960-1968

Idyllwild Arts Foundation, Summers 1959, 61, 62, 66

Wasco High School, CA, 1955-1960

Western State College of Colorado, Summers 1954-1958

McFarland Elementary Schools, CA, 1953-1955

Administrative and Professional Experience

Kern Philharmonic Orchestra, Bakersfield, CA, Principal Bass, 1953‑68.

Santa Clara Philharmonic, Principal Bass, 1968‑70.

San Jose Symphony Orchestra, Principal Bass, 1969 to present.

Clinician, Festival Adjudicator, Conductor of Honor Orchestras in the Bay Area and Central California, 1955‑1980.

Music Educators National Conference Life.

Phi Kappa Phi.

International Society of Bassists.

American Federation of Musicians.

State wide orchestral representative to the California Music Educators' Association, 1970‑72.

Director of Music for Stone Church of Willow Glen, San Jose, CA 1968‑85.

Selected Publications

Authored 10 journal articles for the CMEA state publication on orchestral literature, methods, and conducting.

Personal Commentary

As a musician and teacher I feel fortunate to be able to work in two professions which attempt to make the world a better place. As a teacher, there is real satisfaction in helping young people experience the truth and beauty music provides. As an orchestral musician, it is rewarding to be part of the music‑making which our culture desperately needs.

Date Completed: 9/96

Adapted from: Biographies of Retired Faculty San Jose State University 1997: A Project of the Emeritus Faculty Association of San Jose State University. San Jose, CA: The University, 1997.


Manning, Robert H. (1929-2020)