The Robinson Trio will perform at Mary Baldwin University on Friday, March 31 at 8:00 p.m. in Francis Auditorium. Tickets are $7.00 ($5.00/senior citizens) and can be reserved in advance by calling (540) 887-7294. Tickets will also be available at the door. Francis Auditorium is located in the Pearce Science Center at the corner of Coalter and Frederick Streets in Staunton.
Joseph Robinson, Mary Kay Robinson, and Lise Keiter make up the Robinson Trio. The performance is part of the Carl Broman Concert Series and will feature pieces by Bach, Beethoven and Britten. Broman served Mary Baldwin as chair of the music department from 1935 to 1976, and Trinity Church organist and choirmaster from 1938 to 1979.
Joseph Robinson is one of three principal oboists remaining in the United States who studied directly with Marcel Tabuteau, great progenitor of the American School of oboe playing. Robinson closed the 20th Century at the New York Philharmonic in his 22nd season as Principal Oboe.
An exclusive teacher at the Manhattan School of Music for 21 years, Robinson also served as a faculty member at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem and Principal Oboe of the Atlanta Symphony under Robert Shaw. He has appeared frequently as oboe soloist with the New York Philharmonic in Avery Fisher Hall and on tours of Europe and South America.
A native of Lenoir, North Carolina, Robinson holds degrees in English and economics from Davidson College (where he received an honorary doctorate and has served as Trustee), as well as a master’s degree in public administration from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs of Princeton University. In 1963, he received a Fulbright Award to study government support to the arts in Germany.
A keynote speaker at state conferences on the arts in Wyoming and North Carolina, Robinson has published numerous articles concerning the interpretive art of music, orchestra governance and instrumental training in the public schools. In 1994, he won a New York Emmy for the television concert/documentary “Heroes of Conscience.” He is currently a member of the Board of Overseers of the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and the Board of Directors of the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina.
Violinist Mary Kay Robinson has been a member of the NJSO since 1989. She is also a regular participant of the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and the OK Mozart Festival in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. In addition, she also substitutes in the N.Y. Philharmonic.
Together with her husband, oboist Joseph Robinson, she has appeared as a joint recitalist and in performances of the Bach Concerto for Oboe and Violin with orchestras in New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennesse, Alaska, and Colorado. She has participated in chamber music residences at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia, at the Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and at Davidson College in North Carolina.
Mary Kay Robinson was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and grew up in near-by Knoxville, where her early teachers were Barbara Marable and William Starr. She is a graduate of the Julliard School, having studied violin with Ivan Galamian and Dorthy DeLay and chamber music with Felix Galimir and Donald Weilerstein. She was a member of the Atlanta Symphony from 1969 to 1973 and the Piedmont Chamber Orchestra in North Carolina from 1974 to 1978 before moving to the New York area.
Lise Keiter has been an instructor of music at Mary Baldwin since September of 1998. She is the head of the Sunday Recital concert series and the music computer laboratory at the college. An active solo recitalist, collaborative artist, and soloist with orchestra, Keiter has performed all over the country.
In the summer of 1998, she was awarded a fellowship to attend the Internationale Academie de Musique in Gargenville, France, where she appeared several times in performance. This past summer, Keiter was a guest clinician at the Governor’s School in Richmond. Her 1999-2000 concert schedule includes recitals in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Virginia, in addition to a performance with the Cypress Quartet.
Keiter is involved in several professional organizations, including the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) and the College Music Society. She is in demand as an adjudicator and lecturer and is frequently called upon to give master classes.
Originally from Charleston, Illinois, Keiter earned her bachelor’s of music from Oberlin Conservatory, where she received several top prizes, including the Award for Excellence in Vocal Accompanying. She earned her master’s degree at Indiana University, and recently completed her doctorate in piano performance from there as well.
Keiter is a student of the internationally recognized teacher and performer Leonard Hokanson, and has studied piano with Gyorgy Sebok, Evelyn Brancart and Robert McDonald; and chamber music with Edward Auer, Atar Arad, James Campbell, Marc Lifschey and Giorgio Tozzi.