Collaborative Pianist Vocal Coach and Teacher Ko Trio Patterson Piano Duo Expert on John D. Carter

Collaborative Pianist

Casey has collaborated on recitals with Karen Slack, Cherry Duke, Donna Shin (University of Washington), Ollie Watts Davis (University of Illinois), Courtney Huffman, Bonita Boyd (Eastman School of Music), Anthony Patterson (Alma College), piano; and the KO Trio.

Vocal Coach and Teacher

Pictured here with voice students from Bay View Music Festival, Dr. Casey Robards is on the faculty of Bay View Music Festival and Central Michigan University.

Ko Trio

Casey is part of the Ko Trio (piano, flute, cello)

Patterson Piano Duo

Casey Robards plays duets with pianist Anthony Patterson

Expert on John D. Carter

Dr. Robards is the foremost expert on African-American composer, John D. Carter. Her doctoral dissertation on Carter presents little-known biographical and musical information on his life and musical works.

Diverse Styles

Casey’s musical expertise includes art song, opera, musical theatre, Broadway, gospel, rock, and pop as well as the standard solo brass and string repertoire. Casey has special interest in piano and vocal music by African-American composers, having experience in Black church music and a research interest in Negro spirituals and the life and music of John D. Carter.


Chamber Music

Casey is a founding member of the Ko Trio (cello, piano, flute) and the Patterson Piano Duo. In addition, she has several recitals with classical vocalists which are actively touring around the US.



Casey Robards is an active recitalist, collaborating with singers and instrumentalists throughout the United States, as well as France, Brazil and Costa Rica. Recent performances include recitals with Joe Burgstaller, Bruce Bonnell, Ollie Watts Davis, Cherry Duke, Courtney Huffman, LaToya Lain, Karen Slack, Tracy Watson, Bonita Boyd, Mark Ostoich, and Donna Shin.


Teacher, Researcher

Dr. Robards is a nationally-known expert on composer John D. Carter and has served on the faculties of Indiana University, Central Michigan University and numerous festivals including Bay View Music Festival. Other pianist/coach work includes posts at Indianapolis Opera, the Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater, and the Oberlin Conservatory.