Luther College announces the appointment of Jennaya Robison as the college's director of Cathedral and Aurora choirs and assistant professor of music. Robison will begin her duties at Luther in the fall.
Robison currently serves as director of music ministry at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church in Scottsdale, Ariz. She is also the artistic director of choirs and orchestras at Scottsdale Musical Arts. She has held faculty and teaching positions at Luther College, the University of Arizona and the University of New Mexico.
As a conductor, clinician and soprano, Robison is in high demand throughout the United States, especially in Arizona. She conducted the Arizona Choir, the premiere choral ensemble at the University of Arizona, as well as the University Singers, Kantorei and Honor Choir and has conducted Las Cantantes at the University of New Mexico.
From 2002-05, she was a guest alumni lecturer at Luther where she taught voice and conducted Cantorei. During this time she was also the conductor of the Northern Lights Women's Choir of Northeast Iowa and served on the music staff of Decorah Lutheran Church.
Robison has performed as a soloist with a number of ensembles, debuting with the Tucson Symphony and other groups including Arizona Opera, Scottsdale Arts Orchestra, Rochester Choral Arts, the Scottsdale Symphony, St. Andrews Bach Society, Tucson Masterworks Chorale and Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque. She has also sung as a member of the Dale Warland Singers in Minneapolis, Minn. under the direction of Dale Warland.
She is the co-founder and co-artistic director of the Scottsdale Musical Arts, an organization for the singers and instrumentalists of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. The Scottsdale Musical Arts includes the Scottsdale Arts Orchestra, Scottsdale Choral Artists and Scottsdale Children's Choirs.
Robison is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing and Chorus America.
Her primary area of research is in the field of vocal health within the choral ensemble. She has presented lectures and workshops on the topic and was the keynote speaker for the Arizona NATS convention in 2012. Robison has been an invited conductor and clinician at numerous festivals throughout the United States.
A 1996 graduate of Luther College, Robison holds a bachelor's degree in music, as well as a master's degree in conducting and voice performance from the University of New Mexico. She is currently completing her doctoral degree in choral conducting through the University of Arizona.
Robison will succeed Sandra Peter, Luther associate professor of music and current director of Cathedral Choir and Aurora. Peter also teaches conducting and ear training, and joined the Luther faculty in 1991. She has been on the Christmas at Luther artistic committee and conducting team since 1992.
In demand as a guest conductor and clinician, Peter has led all-state and honor choirs throughout the United States and abroad. Luther choirs under her direction have appeared six times in performance at regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association.