As the musical director for My Fair Lady (2004), Oliver! (2005), and The Music Man(2016), this summer marks the fourth time Robert conducts a SME orchestra. He also appeared on stage in the SME productions of The Music Man (1992) and The King and I (2003). Growing up around the theater on stage and in the orchestra, Robert was also involved in many musical and operatic productions as a piano major at East Carolina University. In fact, it was on stage for an ECU production of Dido and Aeneas, that he met his wife Nancy. This summer, he and Nancy collaborate again to help shape the music in this year’s production. SME has always been a family thing for the McDuffies, as they, along with their kids have been in a dozen shows. In real life, he is a landscape architect and emeritus professor from the Department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech. Robert and his wife, Nancy, now own an international travel company called MCDUFFTOURS LLC. They organize group tours around the world. He is thrilled to be holding the baton again with such an exceptionally talented group of musicians, dancers and actors.