David Robbins

David is a pianist with collaborative and improvisational skills.  A full-time accompanist for the School of the Richmond Ballet, he moved to Richmond from Boston, where he worked for the Boston Ballet School and the Handel & Haydn Society.  In Boston, he was also the principal pianist for the New Bedford Symphony, and performed with the Plymouth Philharmonic, Improv Asylum, Urbanity Dance, Dance Visions, Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice, New England Conservatory Choruses, Leonard Bernstein Festival, Charles Ives Festival, and New Music Brandeis.  In Virginia, Dave performed for one season with the Virginia Symphony, and has worked with Broadway Across America.  As a music director, he has worked with the Turtle Lane Playhouse, Emerson College, and other area churches.   

David grew up in Chesapeake, Virginia.  He earned his Master of Music in Piano Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music, and Bachelor of Music at the Shenandoah Conservatory, and studied with Stephen Drury, Bruce Brubaker, Gabriel Chodos, Elizabeth Temple, Suzanne W. Guy, and Joan Edwards.



Lyn LaPaglia

Lyn LaPaglia enjoys an active career in music, teaching students of all ages in piano, violin, viola, cello, string bass, voice, and organ; in addition, she continues to train string ensembles/orchestras and church choirs.  She received her baccalaureate and graduate level training at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey, where organ teachers have included Dr. Donald McDonald, Eugene Roan, and John Weaver; voice study with LoRean Hodapp; also, choral participation under Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt, as well as Dr. Andrew Megill, Dr. Robert Page, and Dr. James Jordan during her graduate studies.  While at Westminster, as a member of the symphonic choir, she performed with New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, then under the direction of conductors Leopold Stokowski, Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, William Steinberg, Mislov Rostropovich, Antal Dorati, Pierre Boulez, and Lucas Foss. 

Ms. LaPaglia has also studied string instruments with the late H. Stevens Brewster, Jr., then principal bassist of the National Symphony Orchestra, and Joseph M. LaPaglia, formerly of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra; applied voice with Judith Meister Lewis; organ with Dr. David McCormick, Dr. Robert Grogan of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Confession, and Dr. Mary Beth Bennett.  She continues to sing locally with the Cathedral Choir of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart under the direction of Dr. Patrick Carlin, and has had previous experience as a member of the bass section of Petersburg Symphony.

Previously, Ms. LaPaglia taught string instruments/orchestra in Richmond Public Schools.  Additionally, Ms. LaPaglia has been organist/choir director in several Richmond area churches, as well as administering an active (private) teaching studio of string and piano students.  Former students have included scholarship winners of applied study with Richmond Symphony players, current members of public school string faculties, and section players in the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.

When she was not practicing, performing or teaching music, Ms. LaPaglia became a registered nurse.  Most recently, she completed the Master of Science in Nursing and the Master of Health Administration degrees, while designing a holistic nursing program which features instrumental/vocal participation with senior center residents and children/adults with disabilities.  This program incorporates the volunteer participation of applied music students of Ms. LaPaglia, therefore giving performance opportunities for students, as well as opportunities for the senior center residents to participate side by side with the students.

Ms. LaPaglia enjoys teaching all of her wonderful students at the Academy of Music.