Judges | Robin Schulze


Judge: March



Robin Schulze is the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Buffalo. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, but she had a whole “first life,” as she calls it, as a professional musician. She started lessons on the concert harp at the age of eight. She attended the pre-college division of the Juilliard School of Music before enrolling as a freshman at the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Eileen Malone. After a year at Eastman, she transferred to Yale and travelled back and forth to New York City to study with Nancy Allen, who was also her primary teacher at the Aspen Music Festival. She followed Nancy to the University of Michigan School of Music, where she received an Master of Music degree in 1986. Throughout her career as a musician, Schulze cobbled together a freelance career by playing with orchestras (the Stamford Symphony, the Norwalk Symphony, the Bridgeport Symphony, the Ridgefield Symphony, the New Haven Symphony, the New England Ballet and Opera Orchestra, the Greenwich Symphony, and the Hartford Symphony), performing with chamber groups, doing studio work, playing in theater pits, teaching lessons, providing background music at restaurants and playing about one thousand weddings. She knows that a life in the arts is all hustle.