Charles Robinson

Charles Robinson
Professor of Choral Music and Music Education
Interim Director of Choral Studies, Music Education Area Coordinator

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328 Grant Hall


Charles Robinson is professor of choral music and music education at the UMKC Conservatory where he currently serves as Interim Director of Choral Studies and Area Coordinator for Music Education and Music Therapy.  Robinson conducts the Conservatory Concert Choir, teaches choral/vocal pedagogy and methods, choral conducting, and graduate courses in music education. Robinson earned undergraduate and doctoral degrees in choral music education from Florida State University and a master’s degree in choral music from California State University, Long Beach. For many years, he taught choral and general music in Florida, and has worked with singers of all ages, including children and older adults. Robinson is an active conductor/clinician for honor choruses throughout the United States and a frequent presenter of workshops for music educators.

An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, he has served as Southwestern Region chair for Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives, College and University Choirs, and Research, and he has served as president of the Missouri Choral Directors Association. Robinson’s music research includes studies on choral performance evaluation, music preference, choral conducting, and inclusion in music settings, and has been presented and published at regional, national, and international levels. Robinson is a past editor of the Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education and currently serves on its editorial review board. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society and was a recipient of the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award (1991,1999 and 2019) and the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Faculty Service Award (2006 and 2013) from the UMKC Conservatory. The Missouri Choral Directors Association presented Robinson with the 2000 Luther T. Spayde Award of Excellence for significant contributions to choral music in Missouri.