Clayne Robison

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Dr. Clayne W. Robison was a vocal instructor and performer whose voice has been lauded as "authoritative, filled with conviction," "resplendent," and "clear, large, and rich."

He has performed with leading musical organizations throughout the United States, including many performances with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Recently the Public Broadcasting System released his performance of Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Calvin Oratorio Society, and he also performed the Faure Requiem with the St. Petersburg and Moscow Philharmonic Orchestras in their respective Russian home venues.

As a young man, while completing his Juris Doctorate at Harvard Law School, he spent his evenings singing with the Boston Opera Group and the Harvard Glee Club. After subsequently spending several years as a lawyer and management consultant in San Francisco he decided to yield to the more creative side of his nature, completing an additional bachelor's degree in Voice at Brigham Young University (1971). He went on to complete both a Master's Degree in orchestral conducting and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Opera Production at the University of Washington. In 1973 he joined the Brigham Young University School of Music faculty, where he served for more than 20 years as Director of Opera. Other assignments while at BYU included Oratorio Choir Conductor, Vocal Area Head and Associate Director of the Honors Program (1978-1980).

He has conducted vocal workshops at music conservatories across the world from Australia to Russia. His 25-minute demonstration video "10-Fold Teacher Efficiency Through Vocal Boot Camps" was featured at both the MTNA and NATS conventions in 2000. His frequent publications in the Journal of Singing include the lead article in its Sept/Oct, 2001 issue: Beautiful Singing: What It Is and How To Do It, implications of the new interactivity (chaos) paradigm in physics which was also the subject of his lecture at the 2001 International Congress of Voice Teachers in Helsinki in August. He also wrote a book, Beautiful Singing: mind warp moments, which is available on the website below.

In the last five years of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions eight of his students have been cited as district winners, five have advanced to the regional level and last year one of them, his daughter Lindsay Robison-Killian, was a Grand National winner.

Currently available CD releases include his performance of the role of Christ in The Redeemer by Robert Cundick on the Heritage Series by Tantara, the bass roles in the Verdi Requiem and Haydn's Creation with the Will Kesling Chorale and the role of Noah in The Ark by Michael McClean. His two collections of 34 new sacred art songs by various composers, "Sabbath Song I" and "Sabbath Song II," in medium high and medium low keys with minus track compact disk (and his performance recordings of both albums), are all available on the website listed below.

Personal Life

Dr. Robison and his wife, Vivien, met when they performed in the same opera and, since that time, music has played a key role in their life. Both Robisons taught music at BYU for 35 years--Clayne as the Director of Opera and Vivien as an adjunct professor as she raised their six children. After retiring from BYU in 2006 they served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Vienna, Austria. Upon returning to the states they were invited by the president of Southern Virginia University to teach music at the university. They accepted the position as volunteers and return to Utah every summer to teach a Vocal Beauty Boot Camp to singers of all levels.

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References

  • Hansen, Kristine. A History of the Brigham Young University Honors Program: The First Fifty Years. Provo: Brigham Young University Press, 2012. Print.
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