Collinsville, Illinois October 1, 2015 On October 6, 2015, a fall concert at Collinsville High School will raise funds for a new scholarship foundation in memory of prominent educator and historian Dr. Walter G. Robinson, Jr.
The event will feature choirs and bands from Southwestern Illinois College and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, as well as Collinsville High School. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Collinsville High School Auditorium, 2201 South Morrison, Collinsville IL.
The evening begins with a welcome from the CHS Show Choir, Kahok Sound. The CHS Treble Choir, K-Sync and Concert Choirs will also perform. The SWIC Concert Choir will unite with the CHS choirs for a selection under the direction of SWIC’s Dr. Andrew Jensen, before performing their own pieces. The CHS Symphonic Band under the direction of Mr. Ryan Stack and Mr. Robert Wright will perform, followed by the CHS Wind Ensemble. Finally the CHS Wind Ensemble will be joined by the SIUE Wind Symphony under the direction of Mr. John Bell.
Admission for the event is free, but money will be collected to donate to the scholarship foundation. The Reverend Dr. Avery Duff, of the New Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Collinsville, will represent the foundation and serve as master of ceremonies.
Dr. Walter G. Robinson, Jr. was a well-known educator, professor of black studies and historian. He helped begin the Black American Studies program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1968. He had a PhD in social work, as well as a doctorate in biblical studies. Dr. Robison, Jr. taught at many bible colleges in the area and served as pastor of an historic church in Collinsville.
According to Rev. Dr. Avery Duff, Dr. Walter Robinson believed that obtaining an education is the key to a successful future. The scholarship in his memory will be available to any student pursuing higher education. For more information on the scholarship foundation, contact Rev. Dr. Duff at 618-972-6116.