Bethany Robinson wears many musical hats: composer, musician, teacher, and booking agent. As a professional jazz musician, Bethany has played some pretty cool gigs and has stories to tell about being a female bass player in a world often thought of as mostly male. Not only is she an incredible musician, she has a wonderful career as a jazz educator earning her Jazz Educator of the Year and serving as the President of the Indiana Jazz Educator’s Association.
During her presentation, Bethany will tell stories of her musical career, fill us in on her work as one of Indiana’s leading jazz educators, and maybe even break out her bass to share a little jazz with us.
About the Presenter
Bethany Robinson studied music education and string bass at Olivet Nazarene University, where she received an undergraduate and Master's degree. She is the assistant band director, assistant orchestra director, and director of the jazz program at Noblesville High School. In 2011, she received a Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Grant to travel to New York City & New Orleans to blog on the current trends of jazz in America, attend the Band Director Academy at Jazz @ Lincoln Center, and to compose a piece inspired by the two jazz-saturated cities. In 2014-2015, she was named Indiana Jazz Educator of the Year, by the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation, and in 2015 was named Noblesville Teacher of the Year, for Noblesville Schools. She is the past President of the Indiana Jazz Educators Association, where she created All-District Jazz Band in 2015, and helped the Center for the Performing Arts write a grant for Indiana's BiCentennial that coordinated an Indiana Jazz Legends Concert in April 2016 at the Palladium.
Miss Robinson spends her time outside the classroom performing upright and electric bass in several groups, including the Blue Door Jazz Combo, Sarah Scharbrough, and Everett Greene
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