Robert Lau holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College, a Master of Arts in Theory from the Eastman School of Music, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology from The Catholic University of America. He has done additional graduate work at Teachers' College of Columbia University, Westminster Choir College, and studied with the late Robert Shaw at the Carnegie Hall Workshops in New York City. A former member of the faculty at Lebanon Valley College where he taught music theory and chaired the Music Department, Dr. Lau also served as Adjunct Professor of Music at Penn State Harrisburg, teaching in the School of Humanities.
Dr. Lau is Organist/Choirmaster at Mt. Calvary Episcopal Church in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, a position he has held for more than 25 years. His more than 250 choral and keyboard works have been published by the leading music publishing companies in the United States, and he has been commissioned to write choral, keyboard and vocal works for a variety of institutions, churches, and individuals. For his work in published choral and keyboard works he has won 15 Special Awards from ASCAP. In 2010, Paraclete Press published his book, A Practical Approach to Improvisation for the Church Organist.
Dr. Lau annually presents a variety of choral and keyboard clinics and choral reading sessions for churches throughout the United States as well as for various chapters of the American Guild of Organists. He is a member of the Harrisburg Chapter of American Guild of Organists, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), and the American Choral Directors Association. He is the former Music Director of the Harrisburg Choral Society and former Artistic Director of Jubilate! Choral Ensemble of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.