Artist Diploma, Conservatoire Americain (France); B.M., M.M., The Catholic University of America
- Robert Shafer was a student of famed composition teacher Nadia Boulanger. He won first prize in composition at the Conservatoire Americain in 1969.
- He has served as music director at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and is currently music director of The Washington Chorus.
- Mr. Shafer conducts the Choruss subscription series; he prepared the Chorus and the Choral Arts Society for the Grammy Award-winning recording of John Corigliano's Of Rage and Remembrance with Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra, as well as for the Grammy Award-nominated compact disc and film soundtrack recording of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov with Mstislav Rostropovich and the NSO. He has also prepared the Chorus for many of the world's leading conductors, including Sir Neville Marriner, Seiji Ozawa, Adenek Macal, Christopher Warren-Green, and Charles Dutoit.
- He received the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance of the Year for the live performance recording of The Washington Chorus and the Shenandoah Conservatory Choir in Benjamin Britten's War Requiem.
- Honored by the Virginia Council on Higher Education with an Outstanding Faculty Award for his outstanding public service, research, and teaching, Robert Shafer is the only teacher in the arts to have received this award since its inception.