Dr. Casey Robards, pianist/vocal coach


Casey Robards is a pianist and vocal coach known for her versatility, imagination, and sensitive musicality.  Dr. Robards has given collaborative recitals with singers and instrumentalists throughout the United States, as well as France, Brazil and Costa Rica.  Recent performances include 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.

 A committed coach and pedagogue, Dr. Robards is currently a Lecturer in Collaborative Piano at Central Michigan University and faculty pianist/vocal coach at the Bay View Music Festival.  She has been on the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University (Collaborative Piano/Voice), Central Michigan University (Piano) and numerous festivals including Young Musicians Inc. (Evanston, WY); the Weathersfield Music Festival, (Castleton, VT); the Plymouth Music Festival, (Plymouth, MA); and the StudiO Vocal Arts Institute, (Monticello, IL).  She was a postdoctoral vocal collaborative pianist at the Oberlin Conservatory; the Resident Pianist/Coach with Indianapolis Opera and has also been pianist/coach for Indiana Opera Theatre, and Illinois Opera Theatre (Urbana, Illinois).

A lover of chamber music, Casey is a founding member of the KO Trio with flutist, Donna Shin and cellist, Ji Yon Shim and performs regularly with her husband, Anthony Patterson as a piano duo.  Casey’s musical experience ranges from art song, opera, musical theatre, Broadway shows and rock/pop styles to string, wind, and brass accompanying.  Specialities include trumpet, horn, trombone, flute, violin, cello and music by African-American composers particularly spirituals and art song. 

Casey has recorded a CD of African American spirituals with soprano, Ollie Watts Davis, (“Here’s One”), and appears on recordings with oboist, Nancy Clauter (“Meridian: The Ascending Journey”), Jacek Muzyk, horn (“Horn Constellation”), the Eden String Quartet (“A Bountiful Blessing DVD”) and a TV special for a PBS fundraiser with soprano, Courtney Huffman.  Her performances are regularly broadcast on Interlochen Public Radio.  

Dr. Robards completed the B.M. (Piano Performance), M.M. (Piano Pedagogy) and D.M.A. (Vocal Coaching and Accompanying) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She was a Tanglewood Music Festival Fellow in 2004 and 2005 and recipient of the Henri Kohn Memorial Award.  Her doctoral dissertation is on the life and music of John Carter, African-American pianist-composer (1932-1981).

last updated Sept 24, 2013

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