SCF’s Robyn Wilkes Named Conductor of Sarasota Pops Orchestra

(Bradenton, Fla., June 14, 2011) — Robyn Wilkes, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) director of instrumental studies, has been named conductor of the Sarasota Pops Orchestra.

Wilkes, who was selected for the position by a committee of musicians from the Sarasota Pops Orchestra, will lead rehearsals and prepare orchestra members for five concerts per year.

Committed to enhancing the knowledge and appreciation of music among community members, the mission of the Sarasota Pops Orchestra is to present public concerts, primarily in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Founded in 1975, the orchestra is comprised of more than 60 musicians, including some of the community’s finest performers of all ages, reflecting the diversity of its audience and patrons.

Wilkes brings a wealth of experience to the Sarasota Pops Orchestra. Prior to coming to SCF in Fall 2009, she was visiting instructor of music at Covenant College on Lookout Mountain, Ga., where she conducted the jazz band and chamber orchestra and taught classes in music history, music appreciation and symphonic literature. Previously, Wilkes was the band director at Ridgeland High School in Walker County, Ga., from 1999 to 2008 where her bands won numerous region, state, and national marching and concert band competitions.

She received a bachelor's degree in music education and a master's degree in instrumental conducting from the University of Tennessee. She is a doctoral candidate in music education at Boston University with a research emphasis on popular music in secondary education.

Wilkes is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, Florida Music Educators Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, Florida Orchestra Association, Women Band Directors International, and the National Band Association. She served as treasurer for the Seventh District of the Georgia Music Educators Association for five years and is currently president of the Women Band Directors International. She has received the Silver Baton Award WBDI and has been recognized by GMEA for her outstanding contributions to music education in 2004 and 2006. In 2007, she was awarded the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association in recognition of her band’s performance at the University of Georgia’s annual Janfest event.

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