Alycia W. Robinson is the Operations and Dance Director of Still Waters Youth Sinfo-Nia Orchestra of Metropolitan Atlanta, one of the few African American Community Youth Orchestras in the world, with its own Dance Company. Alycia was National Dance Director for the National Association of Negro Musicians for nearly a decade.
With a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Sweet Briar College, nearly 4 decades of experience in dance performance, instruction and troupe management, Alycia’s specialty is developing private dance programs and managing orchestra programs specifically geared toward youth, including event production, fund raising, promotions and international performance tour scheduling.
Major performances include: 1996 Olympics Children’s Performance, Trumpet Awards Future Trumpeters Youth Breakfast, Divorce Court Judge Mablean Ephraim’s H.U.F. Awards, National Black Arts Festival Children’s Village Performances, Holiday Season Tour Mission in West Africa including concerts at the estates of the President and US Ambassador of Ghana.
Mr. David E. Robinson III, a Detroit, Michigan native of musical progeniture, is the founder and artistic director of the Still Waters Youth Sinfo-Nia of Metropolitan Atlanta. He is also co-founder of the former DeKalb Youth Pops, of which electric jazz violinist extraordinaire Ken Ford was a member. This Morehouse College alumnus is a 35-year veteran music instructor for DeKalb County Schools. He often conducts its premier Dekalb Elementary Honor Orchestra. David is a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and the National Association of Negro Musicians (where he is the former conductor of the D. Jerlene Harding Memorial/NANM Youth Orchestra), and serves as organist and director of male chorus and children’s choir at Hoosier Memorial United Methodist Church in southwest Atlanta under the pastorship of Rev. Gary Dean.
He is often called to conduct workshops and summer camps with Urban Strings of Columbus, OH, an orchestra he helped establish. This musical genius is a composer and arranger of a full genre of music (classical, Negro spirituals, gospel, jazz, bluegrass, R & B, “hip-hop”, etc.). As such, he arranges for many marching bands including The Ohio State University, orchestras, and choirs in metro Atlanta, across the nation and abroad. He hails from an influential musical heritage. His great-grandmother, Anna Gardner Goodwin was pianist, composer and accompanist for the Morehouse-Spelman College Glee Clubs. His brother, Richard Robinson, was a double bassist for the Detroit Symphony who now has his own performing arts production company called Cuttime. His sister, Dr. Amorie A. Robinson is a clinical psychologist in Detroit who also plays violin and African drums. His three daughters are also musicians: Raziya (viola), Ayanna (cello and violin), and Briana. (violin). His grandsons are Marley (cello) and his namesake, David Alexander (cello).
A few of David’s most notable Sinfo-Nia performances include: Inauguration of Atlanta’s Mayor, Shirley Franklin; “No Child Left Behind” speaking tour of US Secretary of Education, Dr. Rod Paige; National Library Association’s Coretta Scott King Book Award Breakfast; Trumpet Awards Future Trumpeters’ Breakfast; Divorce Court Judge Mablean Ephraim’s “Honoring Unsung Fathers” Awards; Concerned Black Clergy’s “Make-A-Way” Foundation Awards; SCLC Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Ground Crew” Awards; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert at the Episcopalian Cathedral of St. Phillip; “HBO Cares” for “Music in Our Schools” Month featuring recording artist, Monica; Several performances for the National Black Arts Festival at the Woodruff Arts Center; 80th Birthday Celebration for Dr. Richard Long, Historian; Honorable Judge Thelma Moore’s Portrait Unveiling; “A Conversation with C.T. Vivian and Harry Belafonte”; Christmas Day performance at the estate of Ghana, West Africa’s President, Dr. John A. Kuffour; Concert at the estate of US Ambassador, Pamela Bridgewater (UN Secretary General, Dr. Kofi Annan was also present) in Accra, Ghana, W. Africa; and artist-in-residence and principal cellist for the Jamaica Symphony.