Zanaida Robles is a singer, conductor, composer, and music instructor born, raised, and educated in Southern California. As a concert soprano soloist, studio vocalist for film and television, and professional ensemble singer, Dr. Robles has sung throughout the United States, and in parts of Europe, New Zealand, and Australia, performing professionally under the batons of such conductors as Charles Dutoit, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Carl St. Clair, John Mauceri, Leonard Slatkin, Gustavo Dudamel, Jeffrey Kahane, Grant Gershon, and Michael Tilson Thomas. She has performed background vocals for various artists including the Rolling Stones, Andrea Bocelli, and Juanes. She has also worked as a singer and pianist on the hit Fox Television series “Glee.”
Dr. Robles has prepared choirs for performances with such artists as Josh Groban, Kristin Chenoweth, Audra McDonald and Wayne Brady. As a DMA Teaching Assistant at the University of Southern California (USC), she conducted the USC Thornton University Chorus for two years. Prior to commencing her doctoral studies, She served for five years as director classical choirs at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). Under her direction, the LACHSA Classical Choirs performed for numerous festivals, concerts, and special events at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and in venues throughout Southern California. She also served as chorus master for the CSUN opera department and interim director of the CSUN Women’s Chorus. Dr. Robles is currently the Artistic Director of the San Gabriel Valley Choral Company, based in Monrovia, CA. She also conducts the Glendale College Chamber Singers and College Choir.
Dr. Robles is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions including the USC Scholar’s Symposium Fellowship, the Young Musicians Foundation Gladys Turk scholarship, the USC Choral Department Scholarship, the USC Black Alumni Association scholarship, two L.A. Artist of the Future awards, the NFAA Young Arts level one award in classical voice, two Charles Dolo Coker Jazz Awards, the KCET Emerging Young Artist Grand Prize, the Cal State Long Beach 4-year Dean’s Scholarship for Distinction in the Arts, and the NAACP ACT-SO national gold medal for music composition. She holds degrees from the USC Thornton School of Music, CSU Northridge, and CSU Long Beach.