Artist Spotlight: Robert Tall
Rodgers Instruments proudly features Robert Tall as our Artist Spotlight for this issue of “65 Stories Celebrating 65 Years.”
Robert’s artistry has been enjoyed by thousands around the world. Please enjoy this photo gallery of just some of the many performances of Robert Tall:
Robert Tall has devoted his life to music. Advanced studies at the University of Utah culminated in 1967 with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music and Psychology. During his student years, he was a recitalist at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah. Following receipt of his degrees, he moved to Los Angeles.
Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, Robert was appointed Principal Organist and Featured Artist at the Hollywood Bowl Easter Sunrise Services, a position he held for twelve years.
Dr. Tall has been a member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Guild of Organists since 1984. He has held many positions, including Dean, and was the Convention Coordinator for the 2004 AGO National Convention in Los Angeles. On the national level, he served as Director of the Committee on National Conventions.
In 2008, he became a member of the prestigious Recording Academy and was elevated to the status of Voting Member for the GRAMMY Awards. His CD, Masterpieces, was submitted for a GRAMMY. Robert Tall has recorded five CD albums.
Dr. Tall is also a published composer of works for organ:
Recently, Robert Tall was honored for 50 years as a Rodgers dealer. Robert Tall & Associates, Inc., was one of the world’s leading distributors of classical organs and digital music systems. The Robert Tall Corporation was the authorized representative for areas in California and southern Nevada. In 52 years with Rodgers, his corporation sold and installed over 1,200 organs (of which 76 are pipe/digital hybrids). Some of his installations are pictured here:
Robert Tall’s pride and joy is his beautiful home organ installation, a three-manual Rodgers Infinity 361 with mechanical drawknobs.
Robert Tall ‘retired’ twice. First he sold his Los Angeles area Rodgers dealership to Nelson Dodge (now known as “Church Keyboard Center”); but 3 hours later he agreed to become the Rodgers dealer for northern California and the Las Vegas area. At age 82 he retired again, turning over his Las Vegas Rodgers dealership to Christian Lentz (“Christian Lentz Organ Services”) and his northern California Rodgers dealership to Troy Killorn (“Classic Organs of Northern California”).
Beyond music, Robert actively supports organizations and programs that care for the welfare of underprivileged children. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Los Angeles based St. Anne’s Foundation. In addition, Robert enjoys worldwide travel.