M.M., College-Conservatory at the University of Cincinnati
B.A., Spelman College
Associate Professor of Vocal Performance
Office: Fine Arts Building, Office 104
A native of Atlanta, Laura English-Robinson received her bachelor's degree from Spelman College and the master of music degree from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She has been a scholarship recipient and vocal fellow at the Berkshire Music Center (Tanglewood), the Brevard Music Center, the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the AIMS summer study program in Graz, Austria.
She has toured Italy, the United States, and South America performing in chamber, solo, orchestra, and opera performances. She was also the winner of Italy’s Golden Puccini Vocal Competition and recipient of the Sullivan Foundation Awards, Mayor’s Fellowship in the Arts (City of Atlanta) and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Artistic Achievement Award.
Ms. English-Robinson has performed on numerous occasions with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the batons of Robert Shaw and Yoel Levi. She made her New York debut at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and later returned for performances at Alice Tully Hall. She has performed in recitals throughout the United States, at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., Spivey Hall in Atlanta, and as soloist with the Chattanooga, Montgomery, Lexington, Dekalb, and Albany Symphonies and most recently with Orchestra Atlanta.
Equally at home with opera as with recitals, oratorio, and chamber music, she has performed operatic roles from standard to contemporary operas. Previously, she sang the title role for the world premiere of the opera Zabette by composer Curtis Bryant and librettist Mary Bullard.
Ms. English-Robinson is presently on the voice faculty at Spelman College, a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, The National Association of Teachers of Singing, Delta Omicron Music Fraternity, national coordinator of Campus Branches for the National Association of Negro Musicians, Board member and Co-founder of Onyx Opera Atlanta, Inc. and member of the Buckhead/Cascade Chapter of the Links, Inc.
She is a lifetime member of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta where she serves as Director of the Women’s Chorus (a summer-only ensemble) and in media production with the Multimedia Ministry.