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Corey Robinson is currently a pursuing his DMA in the percussion department at the University of North Texas. He received his Masters of Music in Percussion Performance from Indiana University, Bloomington and his Bachelors of Music Education from Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. At Slippery Rock, Corey studied percussion with Dr. David Glover, studied composition with Dr. Stephen Barr, and performed with a multitude of large and small ensembles including soloing with the percussion ensemble at various percussion ensemble concerts and two Percussive Arts Society Pennsylvania Days of Percussion. Corey was also a soloist with the Slippery Rock University Jazz Band on steel pan.

At Indiana University, he studied percussion and composition with Kevin Bobo, orchestral percussion with John Tafoya, and Afro-Cuban and Brazilian percussion with Michael Spiro. Corey was a member of the IU Percussion Ensemble and performed at PASIC in 2013 at the IU Percussion Ensemble Showcase Concert. He has also performed with the IU Afro-Cuban Ensemble, the IU Brazilian Ensemble, and the IU Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2011 he was a member of the Percussive Arts Society 50th Anniversary Marimba Orchestra.

Corey’s current studies at the University of North Texas have led him to participate in the UNT Wind Symphony under the direction of Eugene Corporon, the UNT Percussion Ensemble, and the UNT 2 o’clock Steel Band, both under the direction of Mark Ford. With the UNT Wind Symphony, Corey recorded numerous CDs as well as serving as principle percussionist during the group’s performance at the 2015 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. He is currently studying performance and composition with Mark Ford, Paul Rennick, Christopher Deane, Jose Aponte, Stockton Helbing, Poovalur Sriji, and Ed Smith.

Corey has been composing throughout his schooling and has premiered some of his own works as well as works by other composers at regional, national, and international conferences. He participated in the world premier of Christopher Deane’s Vespertine Formations arranged for 50 marimbas as a member of the PAS 50th Anniversary Marimba Orchestra and also in world premiers by Lane Harder and Baljinder Sekhon at the Indiana University PAS Percussion Ensemble Showcase Concert in 2013. Corey performed two of his duets for soprano saxophone and marimba at the World Saxophone Conference in 2015 and the North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference in 2016. His performance with the UNT Percussion Ensemble at PASIC 2016 will include three world premiers including the first performance of his new work, Twisted Metal, and works by Dave Hall and Richard DeRosa.

Corey has taught private lessons and marching bands throughout western Pennsylvania and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. He is currently a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas and an adjunct professor of percussion at Abilene Christian University. He lives in Denton, TX with his wife Amy and their two cats, Beesly and Halpert.