B.M. - University of Missouri-Kansas City
M.M., D.M.A. - Eastman School of Music in Rochester
A native of Kansas City, Dr. Robin Holtz Williams earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She then studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY where she was awarded Masters and Doctorate degrees in Piano Performance. Since joining the University of New Orleans faculty in 1990, Dr. Williams has been a frequent solo and chamber musician in New Orleans and the surrounding region, with many of her performances rebroadcast over WWNO-89.9 FM.
She has also presented recitals across the country, most recently in the Midwest. In addition to teaching and performing, she maintains an active schedule as an adjudicator. She has served as Louisiana State Coordinator for the Senior Performance Competition sponsored through the Music Teachers National Association. Dr. Robin Williams has presented sessions at the Louisiana State Teachers Convention and the National Federation of Music Clubs, among others, and has served as a competition judge for the annual New Orleans International Piano Competition.
Dr. Williams' philosophy is that piano music encompasses a full range of emotions, from very personal expression within an intimate setting to thrilling concert audience through dazzling virtuosity. She has pursued both. Her CD, A Piano In the House, features rarely-performed examples of the domestic repertoire: miniature, sweetly tuned, expressive pieces composed for hearth and home.
In the Fall of 2005 Dr. Williams was named the Virginia Kock Professor at the University of New Orleans. This professorship enabled her to produce Bridge, Brahms and Blue, a collection of bravura concert pieces designed to dazzle both at home and on the stage.
Dr. Williams served as Chair of the UNO Department of Music from 2006 – 2013, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans (MASNO).