​​Lecturer in Collaborative Piano

Casey Robards is a collaborative pianist and vocal coach known for her versatility, imagination, and sensitive musicality.  Dr. Robards has given recitals with singers and instrumentalists throughout the United States, as well as France, Brazil and Costa Rica where she represented Indiana University in the 2012 Promising Artists of the 21century Program sponsored by the Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano.  2012-2013 performances include recitals with Karen Slack, soprano; Ollie Watts Davis (Univ. of Illinois); Alex Hurd (SUNY-Fredonia), baritone; Courtney Huffman, soprano; Sharee Seal, soprano; Charis Peden, mezzo soprano; Bonita Boyd (Eastman School of Music), flute; Anthony Patterson (Alma College), piano; and the KO Trio.

A committed coach and pedagogue, Dr. Robards previously served as collaborative pianist at Oberlin Conservatory, faculty pianist/vocal coach at the Bay View Music Festival, and the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University (Collaborative Piano/Voice). She's been a coach and collaborative pianist at 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 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.  Specialties include trumpet, horn, trombone, flute, violin and cello.

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 Pedagog​y) 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).

Contact Information
Email: robar1c@cmich.edu 
Phone: (989) 774-1955
Room: MU 175​