Called "an American master" by critic Paul Griffiths of The New York Times, composer Robert Stern's output spans many decades and embraces a rich and varied collection of vocal and instrumental works.
From his 2006 oratorio "Shofar" ("a gorgeous and important work of a masterful composer") to his Ancora una Fantasia ("a felicitous amalgamation of Renaissance madrigal and third stream jazz.") to his early prize-winning scores In Memoriam Abraham for string orchestra and Credo for orchestra, Stern's music has received accolades as it has been performed by such distinguished musicians as Gunther Schuller, Joel Krosnick and Gilbert Kalish, Joel Smirnoff, Joan Tower, Ralph Shapey, Lukas Foss, Howard Hanson, Yehudi Wyner, Matt Haimovitz, Gregg Smith Singers and many others. Stern's music has been heard widely in the USA and many venues abroad, including UK, Israel, Japan, China, Korea, Portugal, Denmark, Norway and Argentina.
A particular interest in the Jewish Holocaust weaves its way through Stern's compositions, producing many works related both directly and tangentially to that dark period and its aftermath. Other Jewish musical, historical, cultural and liturgical themes have frequently occupied Stern as well: ("Robert Stern is one of the most highly esteemed and important composers of Jewish music in this country." —Paulina Stark, soprano)