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PCPS All-County Guitar Day March 23

March 7, 2012

Dr. Stephen Robinson, Professor of Music at Stetson University in Florida, will conduct the All-County Guitar Concert.

Dr. Stephen Robinson, Professor of Music at Stetson University in Florida, will conduct the All-County Guitar Concert.

Polk County Public Schools’ All-County Guitar Concert is scheduled for Friday, March 23 at 6 p.m. in the Harrison School for the Arts auditorium at 750 Hollingsworth Road, Lakeland, FL. Nearly 150 middle and high school students from all across Polk County will be participating in this event. One of the unique components of this event is the individual school performances. School ensembles will perform for their peers during the day and the groups voted as the “best” by their peers and teachers will perform at the evening concert between the All-County group performances.

Dr. Stephen Robinson, Professor of Music at Stetson University in Florida, will conduct the All-County Guitar Concert. Dr. Robinson was the founding director of the Guitar Program at Stetson in 1983 and he continues to serve as director today.

A native of New York, Stephen Robinson began his guitar studies with Bruce Holzman at Florida State University, and worked closely with Andres Segovia, who called him “a magnificent guitarist, one of the most brilliant guitarists of our times.”

After pursuing graduate work at the Yale School of Music, Florida State University awarded Robinson the first Doctor of Music Degree in Guitar Performance. Students of Dr. Robinson have excelled in the finest graduate programs of Yale University, The Eastman School of Music, The Peabody Conservatory, Florida State University, and The University of Southern California, among others, and many now hold prominent positions in the professional music world.

Of his multi-faceted career, Guitarra Magazine says “Robinson’s career as a teacher is well known. He founded and runs the guitar program at Stetson University. At the same time, he has won a bunch of competitions, recorded a score of CDs, and continues touring regularly.

What you have with Robinson is a player who has married the two opposite ends of the guitar experience (teaching and performing) by finding a way to express the impetus for both simultaneously. It’s a remarkable feat and one to aspire to.” Stephen Robinson resides in DeLand, Florida with his wife, Patrece, and together they have raised four sons.

For additional information about the 2012 All-County Guitar Concert, please contact Beth Cummings at 647-4729 or by e-mail at beth.cummings@polk-fl.net.

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