Reginald Robinson, a MacArthur Foundation Fellow and Genius Award winner, will be at Lincoln College Thursday, October 17, to lead a workshop on music composition.

Robinson is the latest in a series of guest lecturers through the College’s Contemporary Jazz Studies Program. As with most of the other Contemporary Jazz guest artist events coordinated by Lead Faculty Dr. Denise La Grassa, time has been set aside for presentations that are open to the public and area high school band directors. Music and fine arts students are especially encouraged to attend.

 A self-taught pianist and composer, Robinson is an internationally recognized pianist, recording artist, and educator. An impressive history of accolades and awards, Reginald Robinson recently premiered new commissioned work in tribute to the great early jazz bandleader, James Reese Europe, as part of Chicago Symphony Center Presents jazz series 25th anniversary.

Robinson lectures at colleges across the United States and collects and preserves historical materials related to ragtime and African American classical music.

The one-hour composition workshop begins at 1:00 p.m. and will be held in the Johnston Center for Performing Arts Music Revue Room. Reginald Robinson will provide one-on one and group instruction with student composers of varying musical abilities and experience. In the afternoon, beginning at 2:30 p.m., the Music Revue ensemble will perform one of Robinson’s compositions to be featured in the December Contemporary Jazz Studies original revue “The Jump Jive Juke Box.”

The composition workshop and music rehearsal is open to the public and to area teachers and students.