Behind the Scenes with Diedre Robinson
Choral Arts: Can you tell us about your current professional roles?
Diedre Robinson: I initially went to college (Hampton Institute) wanting to become a piano performing artist but as I progressed further into my college years, I became open to many other paths and careers. I earned a Bachelor’s in music composition from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) and have since written compositions in a variety of genres, including piano, voice, wind ensemble, chorus, string orchestra and various duo combinations.
Additionally, I’ve had extensive experience as an administrative professional, having held positions in diverse industries such as healthcare, federal government, non-profit sector and higher education institutions — in office administration, service delivery, program and event management — coupled with a well-rounded background with diversity of experience working as a musician as well, having served as staff soloist and accompanist at various churches and organizations in the Chicago and Washington metropolitan areas.
Choral Arts: When is the last time you experienced “awe”?
Diedre Robinson: One of my most memorable “awe” experiences was performing the Brahms Requiem from memory, in memory of the Choral Arts founder and my trip to Greece – seeing the Almafi Coast and Santorini was pretty amazing!
Choral Arts: Tell us about a recent experience of profound joy.
Diedre Robinson: I’m learning to channel more joy as of late. Self-care has become a priority, so journaling, day spa activities and reconnecting with colleagues, friends and family are a few experiences that continue to bring joy.
Choral Arts: What upcoming projects are you most looking forward to?
Diedre Robinson: I’m excited to have one of my concert pieces, Kyrie Eleison, programmed for the upcoming [virtual event] The Creative Spark: The Inspiration Behind the Music. In recent rehearsals, I recalled memories of when I composed the piece and at moments during rehearsals it bought tears to my eyes to hear them sing it so beautifully. I’m so grateful to Scott and Choral Arts for this opportunity.
Another exciting project — I was recently commissioned by the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) to write a choral piece for the Honors Choir to premiere at the 2022 ACDA Eastern Region Conference to be held on February 9-12, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. I’m excited about the opportunity.
Diedre’s Kyrie Eleison is programmed alongside many choral masterworks at Choral Arts’ upcoming FREE 2 part event, The Creative Spark: The Inspiration Behind the Music, on Wednesday, June 23rd and June 30th at 7:00 pm ET.