Gary August Robinson received a B.F.A. from the University of Connecticut, Education Certification earned 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 undertook additional training in orchestral conducting from Symphony School of America, the Florida Festival Conductors Symposium, and the Conductors Guild Conducting Institute.
Robinson served on the music faculty of the Fine Arts Center from 1985 until 2019, and, notably, was the Music Director of (what became) Greenville County Young Artist Orchestra from 1985 until 2016, nurturing both it and the School District’s after-school orchestra program. Robinson served as Music Director of Greenville’s Foothills Philharmonic from 2000-2010. In the 1990s, he was an artistic program advisor and guest conductor with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. Robinson is the founder of the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra of Jackson, Mississippi, and has been featured as a guest conductor with the Hendersonville (NC) Symphony Orchestra, the Clemson University Symphony, the Bob Jones University Symphony Orchestra, and the South Carolina Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Robinson has conducted the South Carolina Region I festival orchestra, SC All-State Orchestra (1993 and 1997), the New Hampshire All-State Orchestra, and was the featured clinician with the Kenosha (WI) United School District Orchestra Festival. Robinson served as the Producer/Director of Greenville’s Singing Christmas Tree from 1993 until its close in 2000 and has served as the Interim Choral Director at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church.
As a music faculty member at the Fine Arts Center Robinson taught classes in percussion, winds & brass instruments, and music theory. Robinson was FAC’s Teacher of the Year in 1996, and in 2005 was the winner of a Surdna Foundation grant to study orchestral repertoire in New York City and drum set at the Drummer’s Collective. He has held adjunct positions as a percussion teacher at Limestone College, the University of Connecticut, and Furman University, and served as a band director in Mississippi public and private schools. Robinson has performed as a percussionist and timpanist since 1977 and has played with orchestras in Connecticut, Mississippi, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. He is a veteran of the American Wind Symphony Orchestra of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and currently performs with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. Gary’s wife since 1980 is violinist, teacher and conductor Kathleen S. Robinson. Violinist daughter Chloe, a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, performs and teaches in New Orleans. Daughter Caroline is completing a Doctor of Musical Arts in organ performance and a master’s degree in music theory from the Eastman School of Music, which serves as home base for concerts and recitals she performs both stateside and abroad.