Dr. Russell L. Robinson has been on the faculty at the University of Florida since 1984, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral and music education and is Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Education department. Highly in demand, Dr. Robinson has made over 300 appearances as a conductor, speaker and presenter at festivals, workshops, honor choirs, all-state choirs and state, regional, national and international conferences in the US, Europe, Asia, Africa, Central America, South America and Australia as well as conducting venues, which include: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Boston’s Symphony Hall, the White House, Washington’s National Cathedral and the Wiesbaden, Germany Kurhaus. He is a past President of the Florida Music Educators Association, Interim Associate Dean of the UF College of Fine Arts, National Collegiate Chair for the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and MENC Choral Adviser. Dr. Robinson is a published author, composer and arranger with over 200 publications in print, including choral compositions, arrangements, articles, books, and instructional DVD’s.
- Founder and Principal Conductor of the Colorado Women’s Chorale, a select adult womens’ choir in Denver, Colorado.
- Conductor for 2007 World Voices Australia International Choral Festival, Sydney Opera House.
- Conductor for Choral Salute to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
- Choral director for the University of Denver, 2005.
- Music educator and conductor of Girls' 21 and the A Cappella Choir at Cherry Creek High School, Englewood, Colorado from 1974 to 2003.
She holds a BA from Colorado College and an MM from Indiana University where she studied with the late Julius Herford. Ms. Adams was inducted into the CMEA Hall of Fame in 2004. She received the "Choral Director of the Year" award from Colorado ACDA, the Sallie Mae "Teacher Tribute Award", the MENC "Standing Ovation for Music Teachers". She was selected to receive the “Teacher Appreciation” award from the Denver Stake of the Latter-Day Saints.
Ms. Adams served as South West ACDA Repertoire and Standards Chairperson for Women's Music and held this position with the Colorado ACDA. Ms. Adams has presented numerous vocal development sessions at ACDA, MENC, National, Regional and State conventions.
The Charlotte Adams Music Series is published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing as well as her acclaimed video, "Daily Workout for a Beautiful Voice", published in the Charlene Archibeque Choral Series.
Ms. Adams has conducted All-State and Honor choirs in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.
She has conducted the ACDA North Central and ACDA Northwest Regional Women's Honor Choirs.
Under her direction, Girls' 21 performed for the 1989 and 1997 ACDA National Conventions, the 1982, 1986, 1991 South West ACDA Regional Conventions, the 1984 MENC National Convention and numerous performances for CMEA.
The Colorado Women’s Chorale performed at the 2005 Colorado ACDA Summer Convention and at the 2006 Choral Perspectives Workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
She is active as a choral clinician and adjudicator for choral festivals throughout the USA, including Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Kansas, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Wyoming. Her choirs have toured throughout the USA, Canada, Australia, England, France, Scotland, and Switzerland.
She resides in Denver, Colorado with her husband, Dave Stephens and “daughters”, Roxie and Cashmere.