Troy 30-C choir instructor Kelsey Robb receives statewide honor

Robb honored with IGSMA 2021 Barbara Buehlman Young Conductor Award


Last updated 10/6/2021 at 9:09pm

Troy Middle School and William B. Orenic Intermediate School choir instructor Kelsey Robb has received the Illinois Grade School Music Association's 2021 Barbara Buehlman Young Conductor Award.

The award is presented annually by the IGSMA to a school music instructor who has 5-10 years' experience, the majority in Illinois; who is actively involved in IGSMA events; who shows growth as a music educator; whose students consistently excel in IGSMA events; and who is a well-rounded person respected by their peers.

Robb's choirs participate in IGSMA Solo & Ensemble Contest, District Organization Contests, and State Organization Festivals, and three of her choirs received Honors Status at the 2016 IGSMA State Festival. Robb also hosted the 2018 IGSMA District 6 Solo & Ensemble Competition. She also serves as a musical director for the Troy Middle School spring musicals.

Troy Community School District 30-C band instructor William Goetz describes his co-worker as, "outstanding," always willing to help and collaborate with the district's music and non-music staff and is well-liked at both of the Troy schools.

"Kelsey Robb is an outstanding educator who has been teaching at a high level since she began," Goetz said. "The Troy choirs under her leadership have experienced great success. Kelsey doesn't just focus on great performances, she teaches her students the fundamentals of vocal music and prioritizes her students' development as musicians, employing a wide variety of teaching techniques to engage them. It is also clear that Kelsey strives to form strong personal bonds with her students."


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