Gary A. Robinson received a B.F.A. from the University of Connecticut, Education Certification earned at Hartt School of music, an M.M. in Instrumental Conducting from Mississippi College, and a D.M.A. in Orchestral Conducting from the University of South Carolina. He received additional training in orchestral conducting from Symphony School of America, the Florida Festival Conductors Symposium, and the Conductors Guild Conducting Institute.
Gary Robinson has served on the music faculty of the Fine Arts Center and has been the Director of FAC’s Orchestra-in-Residence, the Young Artist Orchestra (formerly Greenville County Youth Orchestra) since 1985.
Robinson served as Music Director of Greenville’s Foothills Philharmonic from 2000 until 2010. In the late 1990s, he was an artistic program advisor and frequent guest conductor with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. Robinson is the Founder of the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra of Jackson, Mississippi, and has been featured as a guest conductor with the Hendersonville (NC) Symphony Orchestra, the Clemson University Symphony, the Carolina Youth Symphony, and the South Carolina Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Robinson has conducted South Carolina’s All-State Orchestra (1993 and 1997) as well as the New Hampshire All-State Orchestra, and was the featured clinician with the Kenosha (WI) United School District Orchestra Festival. Robinson served as the Producer/Director of Greenville’s Singing Christmas Tree from 1993 until its close in 2000, and has served as Interim Choral Director at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church.
As a music faculty member at the Fine Arts Center Robinson has taught classes in percussion, winds & brass instruments, and music theory. Robinson was FAC’s Teacher of the Year in 1996 and, in 2005 was the winner of a Surdna Foundation grant to study orchestral repertoire in New York City and drum set at the Drummer’s Collective. He has held adjunct positions as a percussion teacher at Limestone College, the University of Connecticut, and Furman University, and has served as a band director in Mississippi public and private schools. Robinson has performed as a percussionist and timpanist since 1977 and has played with orchestras in Connecticut, Mississippi, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. He is a veteran of the American Wind Symphony Orchestra of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and currently performs with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra.
Gary’s wife since 1980 is violinist, teacher and conductor Kathleen S. Robinson. Violinist daughter Chloe is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and currently lives with her husband in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Twenty-year-old daughter Caroline is an organ performance major at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA.
I truly loved being a student at the Fine Arts Center because I was learning all about becoming a better musician. I gave my first full recital, soloed with the GCYO, and my eyes and ears were opened...
Wendy Cohen, professional flutist and artist teacher, Charlotte, NC (FAC/Mauldin HS 1991)
Attending the Fine Arts Center allowed me to study music with professional musicians who have an unyielding desire to share their knowledge and experience with young people...
Jason Schmauch, Percussionist, FAC/Hillcrest HS, 1999
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