One of the highlights of the annual December concert is the appearance of the 100 member children’s chorus. Seguin area schools alternate with schools in the New Braunfels area to give their best 4th and 5th grade singers an opportunity to sing with the orchestra. Songs are chosen by the children’s music teachers and arranged by MTS Music Director, David Mairs.
Keith J. Robinson juggles, reads, runs, composes, sings in the shower, smiles and laughs a lot in Seguin, Texas. Since 2000, he has loved his wife Nelwyn very much. And since 2003, they have loved their daughter Jillian very much; a beautiful busy gift from God, brought to them from India as a toddler.
Born in Michigan, transplanted to the Lone Star State, Keith attended High School and College in Kingsville, Texas, graduating from Texas A&I University in 1985. He teaches all levels of music, ranging for pre-kinder to college, teaching general music and directing choirs and bands. He currently teaches in the Seguin Independent School District at Jefferson Avenue Elementary School, and at Texas Lutheran University, also in Seguin.
Keith was introduced to his first tuba by Roger Lund in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the 7th grade Cadet Band. From his public school band beginnings, he has gone on to become an active professional tubist, educator, and motivational clinician, performing in Texas, Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico, Michigan, the Pacific Northwest, and the Azore Islands. He has performed with the Air Force Band of the West, the San Antonio Symphony, the San Antonio Brass, the San Antonio Festival Orchestra, the 49th Armored Division Band, the Laredo Philharmonic, the Laredo Brass Quintet, the Blue Lake Fine Arts Band, and the Corpus Christi Wind Symphony, (Charter Member). Currently, Keith performs freelance work and holds the position of tubist with Hill Country Brass.
His teachers include Joseph Blaha, Paul M. Hageman, Michael Sanders, Lee Hipp, and Steven Bryant. He has also studied with Sam Pilafian, Warren Deck, and Pat Sheridan.
In the Summer of 2008, Keith designed and launched www.tuba4u.com, a new web site providing creative, challenging, engaging, free tuba music for tubists around the world. He has also had some of his work published through the Tuba Euphonium Press, found at www.tubaeuphoniumpress.com. Two of his compositions and a story of his own creating can be heard on tubist Deanna Swoboda’s recording entitled Deanna’s Wonderland, available at www.summitrecords.com.
Each year the Mid Texas Symphony invites students from surrounding communities to sing during their December performances. This is such a fantastic opportunity for our older elementary aged students, and it never fails to inspire something of a twinkle in the eye of audience members! A handful of students from each of the area schools practices and memorizes the holiday music with their own music teachers.
Then, the Saturday before the performance, all of the children finally get to combine their voices as they practice all together for the first time. Sunday, the day of the performance, there is a brief practice and run-through time, and then it's time for the performance! Yes there are a great many nerves, but all the hard work leading up to the performance drowns out the stage freight, and a magical moment happens for all involved: singers, teachers, musicians, and audience members - the magic of a child's Christmas heart comes alive throughout the auditorium.
I love to see all of the singers come together for the very first time! It's exciting to see their wonder, uncertainty, and nervousness all change to a knowing certainty once we start warming up our voices and singing our songs. Music truly does have the ability to impact lives in so many meaningful ways. For these students and their families, Mid Texas Symphony provides an opportunity of a lifetime: To share the stage with great musicians and to be part of a wonderful holiday celebration!
- Keith J. Robinson, Seguin Children's Chorus Director
"Reduced and free tickets to singers and parents generously provided by GRMC."