Bethany Robinson (Noblesville, Indiana) is a YAMAHA Performing Artist, 2022 GRAMMY Music Educator Award Finalist, NAfME Jazz Council Chair, previous Indiana Jazz Educators Association President, and serves on the Jazz Education Network Board. Robinson is the Jazz Band Director for Noblesville Schools in Noblesville, Indiana, where since 2010, the program has expanded from one to six jazz bands, with the top jazz ensemble qualifying for the Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival in 2021 and 2022 and was awarded the 2023 ISSMA Honor Jazz Band for Indiana.
Robinson was the 2014 Indiana Jazz Educator of the Year, 2015 Noblesville Teacher of the Year, 2016 Indiana Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist, named a 2022 Jazz Hero by the Jazz Journalists Association, and the 2023 Indiana Outstanding High School Music Educator of the Year. Robinson is a 2-time Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellow, receiving grants to study jazz and culture in the US (2011) and Brazil (2019). Each spring, Robinson helps to lead Indiana Jazz Girls Day, hosting workshops and side-by-side concerts for students around Indiana to elevate student leaders through jazz.
Robinson was a keynote speaker for the 2021 Australia National Band and Orchestra Conference and a presenter at the 2021 Indiana Music Educator Association Conference, the 2022 International Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, and the 2023 Oklahoma and New York State Band Conferences. Robinson is a clinician and adjudicator independently and for Jazz at Lincoln Center. As an avid performer on upright bass, electric bass, and vocals, Robinson has performed over the years at the Indy Jazz Fest, Indianapolis Jazz Kitchen, The Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel Jazz Fest, the Indianapolis Zoo Jazz Series, Zoobilation and Irish Fest with many artists including Everett Greene, Sarah Scharbrough, Katherine Nagy, and has opened for YAMAHA artist Dave Koz.