Critics have described Clayne Robison's performances as "authoritative, filled
with conviction," "projecting inner strength," "he seems to sing from the
bottom of his soul," "a labor of love."
His singing has been heard to be
"vocally resplendent," "clear, large, rich, vital warm," "pealed out like a big
He has performed regularly with leading musical organizations throughout the United
States, including many performances with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
His performance of
Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Calvin Oratorio Society was broadcast nationally on PBS, and he performed
the Faure Requiem with the St. Petersburg and Moscow Philharmonic Orchestras in
their respective Russian home venues.
As a young man, while completing his Juris Doctor degree at Harvard Law School,
he spent his evenings singing with the Boston Opera Group and the Harvard Glee
Club. After subsequently spending several years as a lawyer and management
consultant in San Francisco he decided to yield to the more creative side of
his nature, completing an additional bachelor's degree in voice at Brigham
Young University, and a Master's Degree in orchestral conducting and a Doctor
of Musical Arts degree in opera production at the University of Washington. In
1973 he joined the Brigham Young University Music faculty where he served for
more than 20 years as Director of Opera. Other assignments while at BYU have
included Oratorio Choir Conductor, Vocal Area Head and Associate Director of
the Honors Program.
He has conducted more than 200 Vocal Beauty Boot Camps across the world from
Australia to Russia. His 25-minute demonstration video
"10-Fold Teacher Efficiency Through Vocal Boot
Camps" was featured at both the MTNA and NATS conventions in 2000. His
frequent publications in the Journal of Singing
include the lead article in its Sept/Oct, 2001 issue: "Beautiful Singing: What
It Is and How To Do It, implications of the new interactivity (chaos) paradigm
in physics" which was also the subject of his lecture at the 2001
International Congress of Voice Teachers in Helsinki, Finland. His new book,
Beautiful Singing: "mind warp moments", is
available on this website.
In the Metropolitan Opera Auditions eight of his students
have been cited as district winners, five have advanced to the regional level
and in 2001 one of them, his daughter Lindsay Robison-Killian, was a Grand
Since retiring from BYU in 2006, he has taught scores of Vocal Beauty Boot Camps in professional, church, university, and prison venues across the United States and Europe.
Currently available compact disc releases include his performance of the role
of Christ in The Redeemer by Robert Cundick on the Heritage Series by Tantara,
the bass roles in the Verdi Requiem and Haydn Creation with the Will Kesling
Chorale and the role of Noah in The Ark by by Michael McClean. His two
collections of 34 new sacred art songs by various composers, Sabbath Song I and
Sabbath Song II, in med hi and med lo keys with minus track piano accompaniment compact disk, and
his performance recordings of both albums are all
available on this website.
Clayne can be reached at