Scott Robbins

Coordinator, Contemporary Music and Composition


Scott Robbins teaches composition and music theory. He joined the faculty at the Petrie School in 1998 and served as chair of the Department of Musicology and Composition from 1999-2005. In 2005 he became the first faculty member from the School of Music to receive Converse College’s O’Herron Faculty Excellence Award.

A native of Boone, North Carolina, Dr. Robbins began his musical training as a drummer and guitarist in rock bands, and his music frequently retains aspects of his popular music background.

Scholarly & Research Activity

His compositions are widely performed and professionally recognized, having received over 50 awards, including the Clefworks Composition Competition, Second International Sergei Prokofiev Composition Competition, Yale University’s Norfolk National Composition Prize, NACUSA Young Composers Award, ASCAP Foundation Grant to Young Composers, American Music Center Composer Assistance Award, Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, multiple awards from ASCAP and commissions from the SC Music Teachers Association, as well as other awards. Among those who have performed, commissioned or commercially recorded Scott’s works are the Czech Radio Symphony, Warsaw National Philharmonic, Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, Moyzes Quartet, Ensemble Radieuse, Trio Chromos, Gregg Smith Singers, and Dale Warland Singers. The Clearing, a film for which he composed the soundtrack, received the CINE-Eagle award and has been broadcast on Bravo and HBO. His composition Spooky Does the Bunny-Hop (Extended Orchestral Remix), recorded by the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, will be featured on an upcoming release for ERM Media’s Masterworks of the New Era series.


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