W. Robnett Schoolfield is former Associate Professor of Music at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. He holds degrees from Tennessee Technological University, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Bob Jones University. In 1986, Professor Schoolfield founded the percussion program and served as Director of Percussion Studies for over 31 years at Bob Jones University. He was in charge of all aspects of percussion at BJU including private lessons, logistics, and performance from pre-college at Bob Jones Academy through university. Mr. Schoolfield was also the founder and conductor of the Bob Jones University Percussion Ensemble and assistant conductor with the University Symphonic Wind Band. He currently serves as percussionist with the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
Rob has served as the Timpanist for the award winning Bob Jones University Opera Association for over 30 years. His opera experience has included multiple productions of the following operas: Aida, Il Trovatore, and Rigoletto by Verdi, Faust by Gounod, L’elisir d’amore, Lucia di Lammermoor, and Don Pasquale by Donizetti, La Cenerentola and Il barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini, Mephistopheles by Boito, Tosca and La bohème by Puccini, Samson and Delilah by Saint-Saens, and Die Fledermaus by Strauss and Porgy and Bess by Gershwin. Rob has also served as percussionist with musical productions including Amahl and the Night Visitors by Menotti and Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev.
Prior to his years of service with the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, Rob was Principal Percussion with the Greater Anderson Music and Arts Consortium Chamber Orchestra, Anderson, SC. While in graduate school at UT Chattanooga, (1983-85) he served as Principal Percussion and Timpanist with the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Oak Ridge, TN and as Assistant Timpanist for the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Chattanooga, TN. Since 1986 Rob has served on occasion as substitute Principal and section percussion for the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Greenville, SC as substitute Principal Timpani for the Spartanburg Philharmonic, Spartanburg, SC and Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte, NC. Rob has further shared his performance expertise through clinics, articles, and recordings.
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