Dr. Susan Robinson, ,Ph.D.

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Office Information

St. Pete/Gibbs Campus
FA 205
Instructor of Applied Piano and Academic Music courses


Susan Robinson is Conductor and Music Director of the Pinellas Youth Symphony.  Their recent repertoire includes Francesca de Rimini and Symphony No. 4 by Tchaikovsky, Overture to Die Meistersinger, Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" by Dvorak, Scherezade, Pines of Rome, Firebird Suite, Appalachian Spring and Capricio Espagnol.  In 2008, the PYS had its first European performance tour.  Robinson is Conductor and Music Director of the South Shore Symphony Orchestra, Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Tampa,   teaches music theory, music history and piano at St. Petersburg College and private piano and voice lessons at the Marcia P. Hoffman Institute for the Performing Arts in Clearwater.

Robinson is in demand as a guest conductor.  She has had recent engagements with the Camerata Europaea in Berlin Germany, Filharmonica Muntenia in Targoviste Romania, West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra in the Czech Republic, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Vidin Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria, The Florida Orchestra, San Angelo Symphony (TX), Spokane Symphony (WA), Long Bay Symphony (SC), Dubuque Symphony Orchestra (IA), Fayetteville Symphony (NC), St. Petersburg Symphony Congress Orchestra in Russia, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic in the Czech Republic, and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (FL).  In addition, she has worked with the Las Cruces Symphony, Lubbock Symphony, Amarillo Symphony, Idaho Falls Symphony, and Denver Symphony.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Robinson has conducted instrumental and vocal ensembles throughout the United States and Europe, and has enjoyed much success as a music director in professional and educational theatres.  Robinson has earned a Ph.D. in fine arts/orchestral conducting from Texas Tech University, a M.M. in choral/orchestral conducting from Ball State University, and a B.A. in music performance from Susquehanna University.

Robinson has been invited to participate in the Dmitris Metropoulos International Conducting Competition in Greece, the "Mario Gusella" International Competiiton in Italy, and the Kirill Kondrashin International Competition for Young Conductors in the Netherlands.  She was the only American finalist in the 2002 Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition.

In the academic environment, Dr. Robinson has over ten years of teaching experience at the college/university level.  She is currently an adjunct professor of piano and music at St. Petersburg College and has served two years as interim conductor of the University of Florida Orchestra.  In her other college positions, Dr. Robinson has served alternately as both Director of Instrumental and Director of Choral Activities.  Her courseload has included Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Show Choir, Jazz Band, Concert Band, Pep Band, music appreciation, music history, music theory, ethnomusicology, humanities, class piano, class voice, and private lessons.

As a stage musical director, Robinson has conducted works such as Amahl and the Night Visitors, Man of La Mancha, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Urinetown, The Sound of Music, Little Shoppe of Horrors, South Pacific, and many others.  She feels strongly about education and remains active as a clinician, working with young conductors, and vocal and instrumental ensembles throughout the United States.


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Classroom Schedule

No classroom schedule for the current term: Summer Term 2016 (0515)

Subjects Taught

Music: History/Musicology, Applied Music: Keyboard, Applied Music: Voice

Course Schedule

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Spring Term 2016 arrow 0510
  MVK 1011   Applied Music Enrichment Piano 2814SPIndependent Study1/11/165/06/16
  MVK 1211   Applied Music Secondary Piano 2990SPIndependent Study1/11/165/06/16
  MVV 1211   Applied Music Voice Secondary 3087SPIndependent Study1/11/165/06/16
  MUH 1110   Introduction to Music History 4502SPFace-to-Face1/11/165/06/16
  MVK 2221   Applied Music Secondary-Piano 4966SPIndependent Study1/11/165/06/16
  MVK 2021   Applied Music Enrichment Piano 4971SPIndependent Study1/11/165/06/16
  MVK 1011   Applied Music Enrichment Piano 5026SPIndependent Study1/11/165/06/16
  MVK 1115   Popular Piano Techniques 5075SPIndependent Study1/11/165/06/16
  MVK 1211   Applied Music Secondary Piano 5187SPIndependent Study1/11/165/06/16
  MVV 1011   Applied Music Voice Enrichment 5197SPIndependent Study1/11/165/06/16