Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities
Nina Nash-Robertson, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities. Nina directs three choirs and teaches conducting and choral literature. Dr. Nash-Robertson has received a university award as Outstanding Faculty Member. She received her first musical training in Dublin, Ireland, where she earned awards for both singing and Irish Dancing. Upon arriving in the United States, she became the founding director of the award-winning Shamrock Irish Dancers. She holds degrees in Music Education, Voice, and Conducting from Alverno College, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois. Dr. Nash-Robertson taught vocal music K-12 in Wisconsin, directed the Sheboygan (Wisconsin) Oratorio Chorus, and was assistant director of the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus. She also sang with the Florentine Opera company and the Skylight Opera Company.
At the University of Illinois, she conducted the Women’s Chorus and St. John’s Newman Center Chapel Choir. Dr. Nash-Robertson has led student and performing groups on thirteen European Tours where performing sites included Westminster Abbey, St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Patricks’s Cathedral, and the cathedrals of Notre Dame and Chartres, and has conducted in New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.
In 2002 and 2010, she led the CMU Choir on concert tours of China with performances in Beijing, Shanghai, Xian and at the 2010 World Expo. She also taught a ten-day residency culminating in a concert at the Tienjin Conservatory.
Dr. Nash-Robertson has conducted choirs at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and the Interlochen Center for the Arts and has served as music director of the International Invitational Choral Festival in Dublin, Ireland. She has also taught in the Bahamas, Peru, and Canada. Recently, she conducted the Faure Requiem at Shangai Expo 2010 with an American choir and Chinese orchestra and the Haydn Creation in Carnegie Hall with the New York City Chamber Orchestra and a 160-voice choir. Under her direction, Central Michigan University choirs frequently perform in regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the Michigan School Vocal Music Association. Dr. Nash-Robertson is a frequent clinician and guest conductor throughout the Midwest and is Past-President of American Choral Directors Association - Michigan. She is the recent recipient of the Maynard Klein Award for a lifetime of excellence and leadership in the field of Choral Music.
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