Alumni, Choirs to Perform Mozart in Memory of Dr. Ray Robinson

The contrast must have been startling for Dr. Ray Robinson, when he arrived at Palm Beach Atlantic in 1989 from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. PBA was just over 20 years old while the musical traditions of the esteemed choir college dated back to the 1920s.

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Yet Robinson found fertile ground to establish the choir music program at Palm Beach Atlantic and to expand his scholarly work. It was here that Robinson broadened the repertory of the Concert Choir, founded the Oratorio Chorus and PBA Singers, taught courses in conducting and musicology, and was the keystone in building a first-class music faculty.

Even after he retired in 2003 as distinguished senior professor of music, Robinson continued to dominate the local classical musical scene as music director of the Greater Palm Beach Symphony. When Robinson died in October 2015, his death was mourned by music fans and numbers of Palm Beach Atlantic alumni whom he taught and mentored.

More than 30 Palm Beach Atlantic alumni will be part of the choir that performs Mozart’s Requiem at a concert set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 3, in the University’s DeSantis Family Chapel. The concert benefits the Ray Robinson Scholarship Fund.

Robert Comeaux ’99, Christian Ramos ’02, Melissa Rowell ’03/’16 M.S. and Christina Overton ’05 are featured soloists for the Requiem. In addition, the University’s Concert Choir will perform Mozart’s Missa Brevis in D, K. 194. Tickets are $15 general admission and proceeds support the Ray Robinson Scholarship Fund. For tickets, call (561) 803-2970 weekdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or email ticket_central@pba.edu.