Robinson, Ray , American writer on music and choral conductor; b. San Jose, Calif., Dec. 26, 1932. He learned to play the viola, and studied at San Jose State Coll. (B.A., 1956) and at Ind. Univ. in Bloomington (M.M., 1958; D.Mus.Ed., 1969, with the diss. A History of the Peabody Conservatory). He was an assoc. prof. of music and chairman of the division of fine arts at Cascade Coll. in Portland, Ore. (1959–63). From 1963 to 1966 he was dean of the Peabody Cons. of Music in Baltimore; then was its assoc. director (1966–69). From 1969 to 1987 he was president of Westminster Choir Coll. in Princeton, N.J. His books include The Choral Experience (with A. Winold; 1976), Choral Musk: A Norton Historical Anthology (1978), Krzysztof Penderecki: A Guide to His Works (1983), A Study of the Penderecki St. Luke Passion (with A. Winold; 1983), and John Finley Williamson: A Centennial Appreciation (1987).
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