Nebraska native Will Robbins specializes in lower strings and holds performance degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and Yale University. Although new to the Settlement School, he has served as a teaching artist throughout Chicago, at an arts high school in Norway, in the public schools of New Haven, and for multiple iterations of an All-China youth festival in Guangzhou. Over two years, Will helped pilot the Citizen Musician fellowship program led by Yo-Yo Ma with the Chicago Symphony’s Civic Orchestra. Will recently spent a year serving as principal bass with the Arctic Philharmonic and Bodø Sinfonietta in northern Norway. His primary teachers include Scott Dixon and Tom Sperl of the Cleveland Orchestra, Alex Hanna of the Chicago Symphony, and Don Palma, a founding member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Equally comfortable in a variety of musical styles, Will has collaborated with cultural leaders including Edgar Meyer, Pierre Boulez, Yo-Yo Ma, Riccardo Muti, Wynton Marsalis, Will Crutchfield, and Stevie Wonder. Currently, Will is a member of the NYC-based “Teatro Nuovo” an opera company specializing in the bel canto style and will enjoy playing his first season this year with the Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra- Tempesta Di Mare.
Education: Performance Degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Yale University
Specialties: Lower Strings
Divisions: Music Education Pathways