Providing Quality Music Education
David E. Robinson
Founder & Artistic Director
Mr. David E. Robinson III, a Detroit, Michigan native of musical progeniture, is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Still Waters Youth Sinfo-Nia of Metropolitan Atlanta. He is also co-founder of the DeKalb Youth Pops, of which electric jazz violinist extraordinaire Ken Ford was a member. This Morehouse College alumnus is a retired 36-year Orchestra Director for Dekalb County Schools in the state of Georgia. He often conducted its premier Dekalb Elementary Honor Orchestra. David is a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. (where he was the conductor of the D. Jerlene Harding Memorial/NANM Youth Orchestra for 20 years). He served as organist and assistant music director at Providence Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorship of Dr. Gerald Durley for nearly two decades, and presently serves in the same capacity at Hoosier United Methodist Church under Rev. Gary D. Dean.
Alycia W. Robinson
Operations & Dance Director
Alycia W. Robinson is the Operations and Dance Director of Still Waters Youth Sinfo-Nia Orchestra of Metropolitan Atlanta, one of the few African American Community Youth Orchestra in the world, with its own Dance Company. Alycia was National Dance Director for the National Association of Negro Musicians for nearly a decade. With a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Sweet Briar College, nearly 4 decades of experience in dance performance, instruction and troupe management, Alycia’s specialty is developing private dance programs and managing orchestra programs specifically geared toward youth, including event production, fund raising, promotions and international performance tour scheduling.
Music Director / Instructor
Briana Noelle Robinson is the daughter of David and Alycia Robinson. She is a sophomore at Agnes Scott College majoring in Music and Biochemistry. Briana began performing solos on the violin at three years old and has been a member of Still Waters Youth Sinfo-Nia since the age of eight. Briana’s five years study under the highly revered concert master, Felix Farrar greatly helped refine her skills. She served as concertmistress of Sinfo-Nia’s youth orchestra for 3 consecutive years. Briana was the associate concert mistress for the Dunwoody High School Orchestra and concert mistress for three consecutive years for the National Association of Negro Musicians Youth Convention Orchestra. In the past, she has also performed with the DeKalb Youth Symphony Orchestra, Georgia Statewide Honor Orchestra, the Ken Ford Foundation Symphony and various Chamber Ensembles.
Junior Orchestra Director
Justin Rawlings is an excellent Junior Orchestra Director and has been with us since 2018. Passionate about performance and community involvement, Justin Rawlings is committed to the growth and general well-being of Sinfo-Nia.