Dr. Zanaida Robles is in demand as a vocalist, conductor, clinician and adjudicator for competitions, festivals, and conferences related to choral and solo vocal music. Born, raised, and educated in Southern California, she is a fierce advocate for diversity and inclusion in music education and performance. Authentic interpersonal connection and relationship building are core principals of her teaching and performance methods.
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 a Doctor of Music Arts degree from the USC Thornton School of Music, a Master of Music degree from CSU Northridge, a Bachelor of Music degree from CSU Long Beach, and she is a graduate of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Her music compositions are published by E.B. Marks Publishers with distribution through Hal Leonard Corporation.
Dr. Robles has prepared choirs for performances with such artists as Josh Groban, Kristin Chenoweth, Audra McDonald and Wayne Brady. At the University of Southern California (USC), she conducted the USC Thornton University Chorus for two years. Prior to this, she served for five years as Director of 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 is the music director for “Project Messiah” with Street Symphony – an organization dedicated to presenting live musical engagements with individuals experiencing homelessness and/or incarceration. Dr. Robles is the music director for the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica. And she is enjoying her fifth season as the Artistic Director of the San Gabriel Valley Choral Company in Monrovia, CA.
As a soprano concert 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, Gustavo Dudamel, Carl St. Clair, John Mauceri, Leonard Slatkin, Jeffrey Kahane, Grant Gershon, and Michael Tilson Thomas. She has performed background vocals for various artists including Josh Groban, the Rolling Stones, Andrea Bocelli, and Juanes. She has also worked as a singer and pianist on the hit Fox Television series “Glee.” Her film credits include Tinkerbell: Pirate Fairy, Godzilla, Minions, and Creed.