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 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).
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