Lynda Lybeck-Robinson is an accomplished teacher, pianist, composer, singer/songwriter, and arranger. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Lynda arrived in 1996 in "Dutch" as a contracted pianist for the Grand Aleutian hotel. Intrigued by Aleutian Island village in the Bering Sea, she discovered there were several pianos in town but no piano teacher. The interest was there. Soon her days were spent hitchhiking to the homes of students, still gigging each night. The 10-week expected stay stretched two years, in which time Lynda, with the help of community leaders, established Unalaska's first piano studio in a storage room in the community center. After a 4-year hiatus, she returned in 2002 to perform a Aleutian Arts Council sponsored concert, fell in love all over again- this time with a man in the front row. Her reunion with the island became permanent when she married Dennis Robinson, and settled back into Aleutian life, where the community piano studio, and students, was ready. To present day, Lynda teaches piano/composition to an average of 40 students of all ages. In 2010, the City of Unalaska undertook an 8000 sq ft remodel at the community center ("PCR"), which included a new Music Room, which hosts the grand piano donated by the Lybeck-Robinson family, picture windows, and two soundproof practice rooms (one with a newly city-purchased Baldwin studio rehearsal piano). In what once was a small closet, the new facility now hosts regular community Glee choir and ensemble rehearsals, piano lessons, and a place for visitors to enjoy a space to play piano privately. Lybeck-Robinson student piano recitals in winter and spring are traditional televised gala events at the high school auditorium filmed, produced, and DVDs sold by the local non-profit KUCB Channel 8 as a contribution to their fundraisers.

In March 2012, Lynda was honored with the opportunity to perform her newly published piano solo, "Williwaw" for an audience of over 250 piano educators during a Hal Leonard Showcase at the MTNA Conference in New York City. Composer, clinician, and Manager-Educational Piano for Hal Leonard Jennifer Linn celebrated in Manhattan with Hal Leonard Corporation's new 2012 composers Jeremy Siskind ("Jazz Etude Inspirations", "Big Band Shout") and Lynda.

Lynda has recorded 7 CDs. The most recent 5 were recorded in her Unalaska studio and mastered by Portland OR recording engineer Scott Hybl at Northstar Studios. Of the Unalaska recordings, two projects celebrate the area's indigenous Aleut culture in a contemporary format, with two songs on each sung in the Unangan (Aleut) language. Both projects enlisted the translation knowledge and vocal talent of local Aleut elders; and young singers are featured singing in the language of their heritage. An Aleut Lullaby received critical acclaim, and Aleutian Noel is an annual favorite, with the title track getting regular airplay on regional holiday radio.

She is founder and President of the Hearts and Hands Project. This non-profit gives annual music mentor scholarships to graduating Unalaska music students; hosts visiting musicians /workshop clinicians yearly; founded the Emil Berikoff Sr Memorial piano tuition scholarship fund; and records/produces a biennial Hearts & Hands CD and engraved/printed songbook of music composed by local music students. To date they have recorded 3 CDs in the Robinson Crusoe Music studio, "Maiden Voyage", "Encore", and "A Song of Us". They are currently setting sights on recording another CD/Music book to be completed by January 2013.

Notes: In her hometown of McMinnville OR, Lynda earned her BA in Music at Linfield College, with emphasis on classical piano performance and composition. She performed and toured internationally with Up With People, and later as a solo artist playing jazz, standards and originals, including performances in Colombia, Peru, Montreal, Turkey, Norway, Japan, France, and throughout the western United States. She attends and gives workshops, is an MTNA and AKTA member, and continues to regularly compose music for her students.

Lynda lives with her husband Dennis and their children Ashley, Liam and Tristan.






alaskalynda@msn.com | P.O. Box 504 Unalaska, AK 99685