B.F.A. University of Connecticut
Certification in Education Hartt School of Music
M.M. Mississippi College, Instrumental Conducting
D.M.A. University of South Carolina, Orchestral Conducting
Additional training in orchestra conducting from Symphony School of America, Florida Festival Conductors Symposium, and the Conductors Guild Conducting Institute.
Gary A. Robinson received a B.F.A. from the University of Connecticut, Education Certification 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 the Symphony School of America, the Florida Festival Conductors Symposium, and the Conductors Guild Institute. Robinson has served on the faculty of the Fine Arts Center since 1985. Though his daytime classes currently encompass the most comprehensive high school percussion program in the region, Robinson has also taught Fine Arts Center classes in winds and brass as well as Advanced Placement music theory. Significantly, he has served as Director of the Young Artist Orchestra of Greenville County Youth Orchestras since his arrival.
Robinson served as Director of Greenville’s Foothills Philharmonic from 2000 until 2010. He has appeared as a guest conductor with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and has served as its Artistic Program Advisor. In addition, Robinson has served on the conducting staff of Carolina Youth Symphony, and has held conducting posts with the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra of Jackson, Mississippi (Founder and Director), Nutmeg Summer Theater in Storrs, Connecticut (Music Director), and the 1993 and 1997 SC All-State orchestras. He has appeared as Guest Conductor with the Hendersonville (NC) Symphony Orchestra. Robinson has held adjunct positions as a percussion instructor at Limestone College, at the University of Connecticut, and at Furman University. Robinson has also served a band director in Mississippi public and private schools. He has performed as an orchestral percussionist since 1977 in Connecticut, Mississippi, Florida, and South Carolina, as well as with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra of Pittsburgh, PA. He currently performs with the Greenville (SC) Symphony Orchestra. Gary’s wife since 1980, Kathleen S. Robinson, is an accomplished violinist, classroom and studio strings teacher, conductor, and clinician. Violinist daughter Chloe is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and organist daughter Caroline is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and currently attends the Eastman School of Music.
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) Jason Schmauch, Percussionist, FAC/Hillcrest HS, 1999
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...
Wendy Cohen, professional flutist and artist teacher, Charlotte, NC (FAC/Mauldin HS 1991)
Jason Schmauch, Percussionist, FAC/Hillcrest HS, 1999
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