Go back

Music professor, performer to lead next Athenaeum

In continuing the quest to engage the public and campus community in intellectual and creative endeavors, the next Library Athenaeum session at Austin Peay State University will feature a music educator known for her scholarship and vocal performance.
In continuing the quest to engage the public and campus community in intellectual and creative endeavors, the next Library Athenaeum session at Austin Peay State University will feature a music educator known for her scholarship and vocal performance.

Dr. Gail Robinson-Oturu, professor of voice and chair of the APSU Department of Music, will present “From Clarksville to Carnegie Hall: The Musical Odyssey of Clarence Cameron White” at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26 on the third floor of Woodward Library. Her presentation also will include special guests Phoebe Gelzer-Govatos and Erien Fryer, violinists. The public is invited to attend. Seating is limited.

With a distinguished record as an educator, performing artist and scholar, Robinson-Oturu joined the APSU music faculty as department chair in Fall 2005.

Her primary academic home was Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Fla., where she served 21 years as coordinator of vocal studies and director of the Opera Workshop. She has received numerous local, state and national honors, including being named the Florida Professor of the Year for 1988 by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

A native of Washington, D.C., Robinson-Oturu earned the Bachelor and Master of Music Education (vocal emphasis) from Howard University and the Doctor of Philosophy from New York University.

Robinson-Oturu's presentation is the second one for the Library Athenaeum series, launched in 2007. The purpose of the Library Athenaeum is threefold:
• To conduct events that promote and enhance the intellectual life of the University and the region.
• To reach out to students and make connections with them in places other than the classroom.
• To portray the library as a place to share, explore, discuss and think about ideas and events.

The Library Athenaeum will consist of speeches or presentations, panel discussions, debates, readings and performances. Faculty, staff and students are invited to submit proposals for future presentations. Proposal forms and additional information can be found on the Library Athenaeum Web site at http://library.apsu.edu/events/athenaeum.htm.

For more information about the Library Athenaeum series, contact Joe Weber, director of library services at APSU, by telephone at 221-7613 or by e-mail at weberj@apsu.edu. -- Melony A. Jones