• Composer of The Year at Carnegie Hall, Classical Recording Foundation
  • League of American Orchestra/New Music USA Music Alive! Composer-In-Residence
  • Grammy® Ballot for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for Winter SongsScorpion Tales, Six Mallet MarimbaThe Book of Goddesses
  • The Book of Goddesses voted Top 10 favorite piece by NPR’s Best Music
  • Yaddo, MacDowell Colony and Copland House Fellowships

The program opened with Robert Paterson’s gorgeous “Lux Aeterna,” a setting of excerpts from the Requiem Mass and featured on a new disc of the composer’s choral works. Tautly scored with vivid contrasts and soaring lines, the work proved a highlight of the program.
— The New York Times
A bright and magnificent score…expertly structured and paced… effortlessly funny, clever and deeply resonant… the music and story fuel one another to create an entertaining and meaningful theatrical experience.
— Opera News
Robert Paterson could probably set a telephone book to music and create something that captivates. Luckily, he chooses much better texts... Eternal Reflections, which gives the disc its title, reveals Paterson’s ability to treat words with utmost clarity and send them soaring or engaging in deft choral conversation.
— Gramophone
It is easy to see the appeal of Paterson’s orchestral work “Dark Mountains.” Paterson has been making headway with the grassroots support of regional orchestras, especially adventurous ones like Louisville and Albany. Dark Mountains is a piece that builds tension, takes mysterious turns, and the result is it has plenty of lyrical passages... Slices of dissonance added interest to this eclectic and successful work.
— American-Statesman
Paterson’s terrific recent vocal recording, Winter Songs, made for one of the best releases of 2013. His orchestrations are colorful and clear, and he values lyricism and beauty. CAPTCHA is utterly brilliant… it needs to be a standard choice in the repertoire.
— Sequenza21
There’s Schumannian drama and melancholy in the song cycle “CAPTCHA” that opens this beautiful, witty and sometimes utterly desolate collection of vocal works.
— The New York Times
Paterson’s opera, The Companion, showcased an excellent musical vocabulary and flowed beautifully...
— I Care if You Listen
A New Eaarth was an amazingly colorful tone poem... the music was beautifully crafted.
— Times Argus