Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Ann H. Robinson, July 6, 2004

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:14 - Beginnings at the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: This is an unrehearsed interview with Ann Robinson for the UK College of Fine Arts, School of Music Project.

Segment Synopsis: Robinson discusses her arrival at the University of Kentucky in 1948 as a transfer student with no transcripts. She describes what UK's campus looked like at the time. Robinson describes the music department in great detail and recalls some teachers she had while she was attending UK as a student. Robinson describes the women within the choral and music department. Robinson mentions that musical productions were free to the public at the time she was a student. Robinson recalls her roles within UK music department productions.

Keywords: Campus buildings; College of Fine Arts; College of Fine Arts, UK; College of Fine Arts, University of Kentucky; Fine arts; Instructors; Memorial Hall; Memorial Hall, University of Kentucky; Music; Music departments; Music education; Music instructors; Music teachers; Studios; Teachers; Theater; Theaters; Transfer students; UK faculty; UK staff; University of Kentucky; University of Kentucky Staff; University of Kentucky faculty

Subjects: Artists and theater.; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; Music teachers; Music.; Theater.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky; University of Kentucky--Faculty; Women in higher education.; Women--Education (Higher)

00:13:10 - Summer choral workshops / Basketball players in the music department / Musical background

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Partial Transcript: Another thing they did, that I loved, every summer we would have a choral workshop and the person who needs to be in there as much as anybody is Jean Marie McConnell, married name was Christman.

Segment Synopsis: Robinson discusses her experiences at summer choral workshops and describes them as occasions designed for high school students to learn about all things musical. The people Robinson encountered through these workshops greatly impacted her career within the music department. Robinson discusses times when well-known basketball players from UK had important roles within the music department. Robinson shares amusing stories she remembers from this time period. Robinson discusses playing the cello and flute in high school and college. She was involved in the concert band and played at games because UK did not have a band since most of the players were drafted into the second world war. Robinson recalls influential people within the band and music department.

Keywords: Acting; Actors; Actresses; Adolph Rupp; Band directors; Basketball players; Cellists; Cello players; Choral workshops; College of Fine Arts; College of Fine Arts, UK; College of Fine Arts, University of Kentucky; Colleges; Composers; Concert bands; Fine Arts; Flautists; Flute players; Flutists; High school students; High schools; Marching bands; Music; Music departments; Music education; Music instructors; Music students; Music teachers; Musical instruments; Musical opera; Musical services; Musical theater; Musical workshops; Musicals; Opera; Orchestras; Pianists; Piano players; Singers; Singing; Summer workshops; Theater departments; UK basketball; UK faculty; UK staff; University of Kentucky; University of Kentucky basketball; University of Kentucky faculty; University of Kentucky staff; Vocalists; Vocals; WWII; World War II

Subjects: Artists and theater.; Cellists; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; Composers.; High school students.; Marching bands; Music teachers; Music.; Theater.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky; University of Kentucky--Basketball.; University of Kentucky--Faculty; Women in higher education.; Women--Education (Higher)

00:28:49 - Influences and contemporaries in music / Memories of Don Ivy

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Partial Transcript: Well, now tell me about James cause I know you accompanied him and worked with him for quite some time and, uh, of the people--

Segment Synopsis: Robinson recalls a time in her life when she studied piano for a few months in New York before realizing that voice was her passion. Robinson states that she pursued her master's degree in voice following her realization. She also reflects on times she shared with someone she worked well with and how the person impacted her career. Robinson explains that it was this person that brought her back to the University of Kentucky. Robinson remembers Don Ivy as a great teacher and recounts how he greatly impacted the music department. She shares some amusing stories of Ivy and discusses the subjects that he taught.

Keywords: Baritones; College of Fine Arts; College of Fine Arts, UK; College of Fine Arts, University of Kentucky; Don Ivy; Fine Arts; Graduate students; James King; Jim King; Music books; Music departments; Music instructors; Music literature; Music teachers; Musical careers; Musical performances; Musical studies; New York (N.Y.); Performances; Pianists; Piano players; Singers; Singing; Tenors; UK faculty; UK staff; University of Kentucky; University of Kentucky faculty; University of Kentucky staff; Vocal coaches; Vocalists; Vocals; Voice coaches

Subjects: Artists and theater.; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; High school students.; Music teachers; Music.; Theater.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky; University of Kentucky--Faculty; Vocal coaches; Women in higher education.; Women--Education (Higher)

00:42:34 - Music department administration / University of Kentucky Greek life

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Partial Transcript: This might be record, but I've never seen it as far as who was chair and who followed whom and all that--

Segment Synopsis: Robinson recalls and lists the many different people who have been chairs in the music department since she started working at the University of Kentucky. Robinson briefly discusses Greek life at UK. She mentions Phi Beta Women’s Music Honorary, Phi Mu Alpha Men’s Music Honorary, and the later creation of SAE. Robinson discusses why students didn’t have time for social sororities in the music school. She explains that with classes, clubs, rehearsals, and practices, there was just no time for anything else.

Keywords: Benefit concerts; College of Fine Arts; College of Fine Arts, UK; College of Fine Arts, University of Kentucky; Composers; Fine Arts; Fine arts; Fraternities; Greek life; Music; Music departments; Music instructors; Music schools; Music teachers; Phi Beta; Phi Mu Alpha; Publicity; Schools of music; Sororities; Theater; Theatre; UK faculty; UK staff; University of Kentucky; University of Kentucky faculty; University of Kentucky staff

Subjects: Artists and theater.; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; Music teachers; Music.; Phi Beta Fraternity; Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity; Sigma Alpha Epsilon; Theater.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky; University of Kentucky--Faculty; Women in higher education.; Women--Education (Higher)

00:51:15 - University of Kentucky's music library

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Partial Transcript: Now what about the music library at the time? Was it in the--where it originally--

Segment Synopsis: Robinson describes the music library at UK and the fun memories she shared there. She also shares a fun snowman story and a story about a piano being saved from a burning building. Robinson talks about art galleries and theaters, as well as several locations on UK's campus.

Keywords: Art; Art galleries; Art studios; College buildings; College music libraries; College music lounges; College of Fine Arts; College of Fine Arts, UK; College of Fine Arts, University of Kentucky; Fine Arts; Fine arts; Music departments; Music instructors; Music libraries; Music lounges; Music rehearsals; Music studios; Music teachers; Sound booths; Studios; Theater; UK faculty; UK staff; University buildings; University of Kentucky; University of Kentucky faculty; University of Kentucky staff

Subjects: Artists and theater.; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; Music libraries.; Music rehearsals.; Music teachers; Music.; Theater.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky; University of Kentucky--Faculty; Women in higher education.; Women--Education (Higher)