Dennis Robertson, Administrative Assistant
Dennis Robertson has been an Inland Empire musician most of his life. He studied piano at an early age with his mother Gertrude; studied clarinet piano and bassoon with Elton Mosher; oboe with Phil Feather; harmony musicianship and piano with Prof. Russell Baldwin; arranging and conducting with Prof. C. Paul Oxley; Dr. Thomas Verrrier Dr. Thomas Miyake and Dr. David Buck; flute with David Rhodes and Jacqueline Aronowitz; saxophone with Jack McCullough and Prof. Paul L. Kardos; Orchestration with Dr. John Kennedy. He holds a degree in music from California State University at Los Angeles.
He has performed as oboist with several symphonies chamber ensembles and wind ensembles including: the San Bernardino Symphony; the California State University Los Angeles Wind Ensemble; Symphony Opera Orchestra; the California State University San Bernardino Orchestra Wind Quintet and Wind Ensemble; The San Bernardino Valley College Wind Symphony; The University of Redlands Band and Wind Ensemble; clarinet in the Santa Fe Band of Topeka KS.; oboe in the Bear Valley Arts Orchestra principal oboist in the Redlands Community Symphony. He has also soloed on English horn and Saxophone with the RCO. Dennis was also baritone saxophonist with the Riverside Winds. He has performed in many collegiate honor ensembles across the country including and conferences. He has had the honor of performing under William D. Revelli at the University of Michigan Eugene Corporan (Cincinnati Symphony) and Dr. Tom Lee (UCLA).
Dennis has taught both privately and in the public school system. He has been a clarinet clinician at Redlands High School a clinician for the Saxophone Master Classes at San Bernardino Valley College and the double reed faculty for the Wildwood Music Institute. He taught oboe and bassoon for nine years at the Saturday Conservatory in Pasadena. and is currently a clarinet and saxophone instructor at the Loma Linda Academy.
He focuses on goal oriented approaches to achieving quality musical expression. He feels that young students often have the motivation to acquire good musical skills with proper reinforcement. He believes in a balanced approach to developing skills in formal theory and reading as well as getting students to use their ears for intonation and interval recognition. He further encourages students to develop the music that lives within themselves. It is his opinion that development of artistic and musical skills at an early age will aid the young student in all areas of studies while preparing them for a rich and rewarding lifelong appreciation of music and the arts.