A native of Sarasota, Robert Romanski is a graduate of the University of South Florida with Bachelor’s degrees in both applied music and music education, as well as a Master’s degree in conducting. He is currently working on a doctoral dissertation to complete a PhD in Music Education, also at the University of South Florida.
Mr. Romanski currently holds the titles of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for the Mostly Pops Orchestra and Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Tampa Bay Opera, Director of Music Ministries at Ruskin United Methodist Church, and serves as Adjunct Professor of Music at the University of South Florida, and Barry University, as well as the Pinellas County Center For The Arts.. He has previously served as Director of Music Ministries for First Presbyterian Church of Brandon, Artistic Director of the Sarasota Choral Society, Music Director of the Tampa Ballet, Adjunct Professor of Music at St. Leo University, and Professor of Trumpet at the University of Tampa, Florida Southern College, and St. Petersburg College.
His most recent conducting highlights include directing for acclaimed tenor, Daniel Rodriguez (the “singing policeman”), with the Florida Orchestra, and working on Grammy Winning Recording Artist Jon Secada’s latest CD Release – “Same Dream” (in addition to receiving Liner Credit for conducting three of the tracks, Mr. Romanski can be seen in the Enhanced CD video conducting and producing the project), conducting for Frank Wildhorn and Rob Evans (Jekyll & Hyde), serving as Music Director for a State of Florida Hurricane Benefit featuring Patrick Wilson (Raoul, “Phantom of the Opera” Movie), and conducting for Craig Shulman and Kim Crosby, in a Phantom, Les Miz, and Jekyll & Hyde Tribute Concert. He has also been seen conducting the Imaginary Frontier Symphony in Orlando, with President George H. W. Bush as the guest speaker, conducting for James Taylor with the Southwest Florida Symphony, and conducting for Doc Severinsen with the Florida Orchestra. In 2004, his schedule included serving as an International Choral Clinician, taking a Festival Choir on tour to Vienna, Budapest and Prague. On Broadway, Mr. Romanski conducted on the project “La Boheme,” and also served as conductor for the Florida leg of the touring production of “Fosse.”
Mr. Romanski has conducted orchestras throughout the Southeast, with a variety of guest performers, such as Diane Schurr, Ann Reinking, Larry Elgart, Mickey Gilley, Linda Eder, Roberta Flack, Hulk Hogan, George Steinbrenner and Elvis Wade. He has also performed on stage with hundreds of artists and entertainers, including Henry Mancini, Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Hamlisch, Liberace, Skitch Henderson, Robert Goulet, Donald O’Connor, Carol Channing, Victor Borge, Andy Williams, Joel Grey, Rosemary Clooney, Roberta Peters, Dinah Shore, Burt Bacharach, Peter Allen, the Temptations, and the Four Tops. In addition, he has helped to produce tours for Josh Groban, Peter Cetera, Rod Stewart, Sarah Brightman, Mannheim Steamroller, Il Divo, Dennis DeYoung (STYX), the Moody Blues, Diana Ross and the Irish Tenors. He is also the Musical Contractor of the Opera Tampa Orchestra, hiring and managing orchestras for the produced operas at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, working under Maestro Anton Coppolla.
In recent years, Robert received the President's Award from the American Federation of Musicians and was named the University of South Florida College of Fine Arts Distinguished Alumnus.