Resident Life Director, Resident Assistant and Faculty
Robert Battle is glad to be returning for his eighth season with the MFAA. Originally from St. Louis, Battle attended Central Visual & Performing Arts High School and graduated from Kirkwood Senior High. He received his undergrad from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music & Dance where he sang in a number of choral ensembles including the Heritage Chorale. Battle is the Artistic Director of the Columbia Public Schools 5th Grade Honors Choir and member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, and the Barbershop Harmony Society. He is also a certified to teach in New York State and is a fitness trainer for Les Mills BodyJam dance classes. An active voice teacher and advocate for equal arts opportunities in urban areas, Battle spends most of his off time dancing, gardening, running, cooking, or catching up on short stories mostly written by David Sedaris. Battle will soon begin graduate studies in Public Administration with an emphasis in non-profit arts management.