Robyn Gibson, Professor Emeritus from Columbia College, Columbia, S.C., is a native of Georgia. She received her Bachelor of Music degree with highest honors from Converse College, Spartanburg, S.C., where she was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, honorary music fraternity. She subsequently earned the Master of Fine Arts degree in piano performance from the University of Georgia. At both institutions she studied with Edwin Gerschefski. Ms. Gibson did further summer study with Adolph Baller of Stanford University and Bruce Simonds of Yale University, and at the Akademie des Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria, where she earned three diplomas under the tutelage of Carlos Secchi, Heinz Scholz, and Angelica Sauer-Morales.
After serving on the music faculty of North Greenville University and Appalachian State University, Professor Gibson joined the Columbia College Music Department in 1970 where she served as chairman of keyboard studies. During her tenure at Columbia College she became well-known and highly regarded for her teaching excellence, collaborative performances, master classes, workshops, and as adjudicator of piano competitions and auditions. She consistently produced students who competed successfully in piano competitions; many earned graduate degrees in some of the nation’s most prestigious music institutions and have become professional musicians. In addition she regularly conducted European study tours, focusing on music and the arts, for the students and members of the community.
In addition to her work in the studio and classroom Ms. Gibson has been an active member of Music Teachers National Association and South Carolina Music Teachers Association, having served as president and also as collegiate piano chair of SCMTA for many years. In 2001 she became the first recipient of the SCMTA’s Distinguished Service Award.Since her retirement from Columbia College in 2005, Professor Gibson continues to work with students privately and in master classes.