Robert Lind studied at North Park College at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, majoring in organ, composition, and music theory. At the age of 20, he worked with Leo Sowerby and became his assistant at the Cathedral of St. James, Chicago. He succeeded his mentor, Dr. Sowerby, as organist-choirmaster at the Cathedral two years later. After serving in the US Army during the Vietnam era, Mr. Lind entered the publishing world, while continuing to serve various churches in the Chicago area. He is currently organist at Lord of Life Lutheran church in Schaumburg, IL. He has played recitals in Chicago area for several decades, has presented organ repertory workshops for the American Guild of Organists, and has composed extensively for the church. Mr. Lind has approximately 180 works published for the organ.
Mr. Lind’s musical studies began with the piano. By the age of fourteen he had won several contests and was a featured soloist at a Young People’s Symphony Concert in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he spent his junior and senior high school years. As a freshman in high school, he began organ study with Robert Swan. Continuing his studies in Chicago, he was a scholarship student at North Park College, where he studied organ with Edward Mondello, and, at the American Conservatory of Music, studying composition with Leo Sowerby. He also studied organ and Gregorian chant with Benjamin Hadley at the Church of the Ascension, Chicago, in the mid 1960s.
In the past ten years, Mr. Lind has written over 100 sacred works for chorus, organ, handbells and solo voice. His publishers include Augsburg Publishing House, Concordia Publishing House, Randall M. Egan, Oxford University Press, Paraclete Press, and tempo 1˚ press. Recent commissions include organ works for the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago and the International Organ Performance Competition at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.