John Robertson holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, and he is currently pursuing a DMA in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music, studying with Dr. Andrew Harley. In 2019, he was the recipient of the Barbara M. H. Koeng Award for Excellence in Vocal Accompanying, and in January 2020, he was invited to participate in Renée Fleming’s SongStudio at the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. Since 2020, he has been invited to serve as a repetiteur for the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria.
John has repeatedly performed in Opera Birmingham’s Sounds of the Season and Home for the Holidays recitals, the annual Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition, Opera Shots, and Art of the Rocks at the Birmingham Museum of Art. In January 2017, he performed with pianist Laurie Middaugh in a special two-piano accompaniment for Opera Birmingham’s production of Three Decembers, and he returned the following season to perform in The Tragedy of Carmen. He has performed in the orchestra for Samford University’s production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and Red Mountain Theater Company’s productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, and Mamma Mia!
John has served as chorusmaster and vocal coach for many operatic and musical theater productions, including The Desert Song, Die Fledermaus, and Naughty Marietta with Birmingham Music Club, and The Pirates of Penzance, Amahl and the Night Visitors, On the Town, The Marriage of Figaro, Hansel and Gretel, and numerous opera workshop performances with Samford Opera. Active also as a music director, he has conducted Samford University’s recent productions of Bat Boy: The Musical, Nice Work if You Can Get It, and Children of Eden, as well as The Pirates of Penzance with Opera Birmingham and Alcina with The University of Alabama Opera Theater.
This fall, John joined the voice and opera faculty at The University of Alabama as Vocal Coach and Music Director for the UA Opera Theater. He previously served on the music faculties of Samford University, Samford Academy of the Arts, and Judson College.