Bayview Festival

June 9 - August 18, 2017

Casey Robards, Coach

Robards headshotCasey Robards is a collaborative pianist and vocal coach known for her versatility, imagination, and sensitive musicality.  Dr. Robards has given recitals with singers and instrumentalists throughout the United States, as well as France, Brazil and Costa Rica.  2012-2013 performances include recitals with Karen Slack, soprano; Ollie Watts Davis, soprano, (Univ. of Illinois); Alex Hurd, baritone, (SUNY-Fredonia); Bonita Boyd, flute,(Eastman School of Music); Anthony Patterson (Alma College), piano; and the KO Trio (Donna Shin, Univ. of Washington; Ji Yon Shim, cellist, Faculdade Cantareira, São Paulo, Brazil). 

A committed coach and pedagogue, Dr. Robards is currently a vocal collaborative pianist at the Oberlin Conservatory and faculty pianist/vocal coach at the Bay View Music Festival.  She has been on the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University (Collaborative Piano/Voice), Central Michigan University (Piano) and numerous festivals including Young Musicians Inc. (Evanston, WY); the Weathersfield Music Festival, (Castleton, VT); the Plymouth Music Festival, (Plymouth, MA); and the StudiO Vocal Arts Institute, (Monticello, IL).  She was the Resident Pianist/Coach with Indianapolis Opera in 2011 and has also been pianist/coach for Indiana Opera Theatre, and Illinois Opera Theatre (Urbana, Illinois).

Casey has recorded a CD of African American spirituals with soprano, Ollie Watts Davis, (“Here’s One”), and appears on recordings with oboist, Nancy Clauter (“Meridian: The Ascending Journey”), Jacek Muzyk, horn (“Horn Constellation”), the Eden String Quartet (“A Bountiful Blessing DVD”) and a TV special for a PBS fundraiser with soprano, Courtney Huffman.  Her performances are regularly broadcast on Interlochen Public Radio.  

Dr. Robards completed the B.M. (Piano Performance), M.M. (Piano Pedagogy) and D.M.A. (Vocal Coaching and Accompanying) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She was a Tanglewood Music Festival Fellow in 2004 and 2005 and recipient of the Henri Kohn Memorial Award.  Her doctoral dissertation is on the life and music of John Carter, African-American pianist-composer (1932-1981) and may be found at