Robert Edward Creech has been a professional horn player, a teacher, and an arts and education administrator. He migrated from western Canada to Ontario, then on to England, and finally to Ireland.
Creech was born in Victoria BC in 1928. He earned a BA in history and music in 1954 and an MM in history in 1974 at the University of British Columbia. He also studied at the University of Manitoba. He and Eugene Rittich studied horn with Douglas Kent in Victoria during the 1940s.
Creech played in many Canadian orchestras: Victoria, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Toronto, and CBC symphony orchestras, and the CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra. He performed widely as a soloist in Canada and the US and recorded with the Baroque Strings, the Vancouver Woodwind Quintet, and the Purcell String Quartet. While principal horn with the Vancouver Symphony (1958-1976), he was chairman of the Music Committee of the Vancouver Arts Council, which established the Vancouver Academy of Music and restored the Orpheum Theatre.
Creech taught at the University of British Columbia, was founder and first chairman of the music department of Vancouver Community College, and was music director (1970-1985) of the Courtenay Youth Music Centre, now called Comox Valley Youth Music Centre, on Vancouver Island.
Creech became professor and chairman of the Performance Department at the University of Western Ontario in 1976. In 1987, he was appointed Vice Principal and Director of Planning of the Royal Conservatory of Music, implementing its the transition from a division of the University of Toronto into an independent institution. He was a also director of the Canadian Music Council and chairman of the Arts Advisory Council of the Canada Council. He and G. Campbell Trowsdale wrote a report on Orchestras Ontario (1988) and Independent and Affiliated Non-profit Conservatory-type Music Schools in Canada (1988).
Creech became chief executive of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society in England in 1991, overseeing the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Choir, Philharmonic Hall, and the Merseyside Youth Orchestra. In 1994, he moved to Ireland, where he manages an international arts consultancy, Arts Services Partnership. He volunteers as Artistic Director of Summer Music on the Shannon, a summer music school and festival.
Creech received the Punto Award at the symposium at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam NY in 1988.