The American choral conductor and music pedagogue, Robert Gehrenbeck, obtanied his
Bachelor od Arts degree from Macalester College; his Master of Music degree in Conducting from Boston University (1994-1996); and his Doctorate in Choral Conducting from Indiana University School of Music (1997-2007). He had additional studies at the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Conservatory in Leipzig, Germany. His doctoral dissertation on contemporary British composer Giles Swayne received the 2007 Julius Herford Prize from the American Choral Directors Association.
Since August 2006, Robert Gehrenbeck is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he conducts the UW-W Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, and opera and musical theatre productions.
Since January 2008, Robert Gehrenbeck has served as Artistic Director of the Wisconsin Chamber Choir, whose 2010 performance of Bach's St. John Passion was praised as "superbly disciplined, of beautifully balanced sonority" and "a remarkably consistent, coherent, and artistically splendid achievement." Choirs under Gehrenbeck's direction have performed throughout the upper Midwest and in Europe.As a singer, he has appeared with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers, Boston's Cantata Singers, New York State Baroque, Pittsburgh's Bach and the Baroque, and the Bloomington Early Music Festival.