ARTISTIC DIRECTOR EMERITUS
Professor Ray Robinson, a native of California’s San Francisco Bay Area, studied violin as a child, and viola and conducting at San Jose State University. His masters and doctoral degrees, in conducting and musicology, were earned at Indiana University’s School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. Following appointments at Cascade College (Portland, Oregon), The Peabody Conservatory of Music (Baltimore), Westminster Choir College (Princeton), and Cambridge University’s Wolfson College (England), Professor Robinson joined the faculty of Palm Beach Atlantic University in 1989 where he teaches courses in conducting and musicology. In addition to his duties at Palm Beach Atlantic University, he has served as Visiting Professor of Choral Studies at the University of Miami and Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge (England). Dr. Robinson’s conducting career has taken him to Austria, Germany, the United Kingdom, Poland, Romania and the Ukraine, where he has performed a variety of literature for orchestra and chorus. He is a recognized specialist in the music of Felix Mendelssohn, the contemporary Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, and the 17th century Germany composer Heinrich Schutz. In 1987, Westminster Choir College in Princeton honored Professor Robinson with the degree, Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa. He is listed in a number of biographical reference volumes including Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Dictionary of International Biography, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the World and International Who’s Who in Music.