Lecturer, Collaborative Pianist
School of the Arts
School of the Arts, Division of Music, Piano and Organ, Academy of the Arts
John Robertson holds degrees in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Bob Jones University (BMus, 2011) and Samford University (MM, 2014). His teachers have included Kathi Lamb, Nancy Wingard, David Lehman, Kenon Renfrow, Amanda Penick and Ronald Shinn.
John has given recitals throughout the Midwestern and Southeastern states, including recital tours with soprano Kristin Kenning, clarinetist Brian Viliunas, cellist Christopher Erickson, violinist William Ronning and in piano duo/duet recitals with brother Nicholas Robertson. He has also worked as a studio accompanist at Bob Jones University, Samford University, Birmingham-Southern College, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Alabama School of Fine Arts, accompanying faculty in recitals and undergraduate and graduate students in recitals, auditions and competitions.
John has served as chorusmaster and vocal coach for many operatic and musical theater productions, including The Pirates of Penzance, Amahl and the Night Visitors, On the Town, The Marriage of Figaro and Hansel and Gretel with Samford Opera and The Desert Song, Die Fledermaus and Naughty Marietta with Birmingham Music Club. Active also as a music director, he has conducted Samford University’s recent productions of Bat Boy: The Musical and Nice Work if You Can Get It, and he is scheduled to conduct Samford University’s production of Children of Eden in the spring.
Last Christmas, John performed in Opera Birmingham’s Sounds of the Season recital, and in January, he performed with pianist Laurie Middaugh in a special two-piano accompaniment for Opera Birmingham’s production of Three Decembers. He has also performed for numerous other events for Opera Birmingham, including the annual Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition, Opera Shots, and Art of the Rocks at the Birmingham Museum of Art. This past summer he played in the orchestra for Red Mountain Theater Company’s productions of Fiddler on the Roof and Newsies.
John currently serves as Lecturer and Collaborative Pianist at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and he maintains a private piano studio at the Samford Academy of the Arts. He is the immediate past president of the Birmingham Music Teachers Association and is an active member of the Alabama Music Teachers Association. He has served as a member of the music faculty of Judson College in Marion, Alabama, teaching courses in applied piano, music theory and piano pedagogy.
- Birmingham Music Teachers Association (immediate past president)
- Alabama Federation of Music Clubs
- National Federation of Music Clubs
- Birmingham Metro Music Forum
- Alabama Music Teachers Association
- Music Teachers National Association
Presentations and Performances
- Recent guest recitals at University of Mobile, Shorter University, Troy University, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Converse College, University of Montevallo, University of Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Judson College, Birmingham Southern College, Alabama School of Fine Arts, University of Kentucky, University of Western Michigan and University of Detroit Mercy
- Performances at the National Opera Association Annual Convention
- “Standing on Your Head: Learning to Be a Collaborative Pianist,” AMTA State Convention, Auburn University, Auburn, AL (2018, selected for member presentation)
- “Dates or Traits: 20th or 21st Century Compositional Techniques,” AMTA State Convention, University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL (2013)
- “Old Treatises, New Relevance: How Historical Treatises Inform Current Performance and Pedagogy,” MTNA Piano Pedagogy Symposium, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, OH (2012)