Clayne Robison

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Clayne Robison is a professor of voice at Southern Virginia University. He previously served as the director of the Brigham Young University opera program. He is a specialist in the study of vocal beauty.

Robison is a native of Boise, Idaho. He received his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and then received a law degree from Harvard Law School. However, he later took an MMus and then a DMA, both from the University of Washington. Robison composed a piece of music that was used for the dedication services of the Orson Hyde Memorial Garden in Jerusalem.[1]

Robison became the director of BYU's opera program in 1973. He was in charge of BYU's performance of Boris Godunov with Jerome Hines singing the lead at BYU in 1975.

Robison wrote the book Beautiful Singing: Mind Warp Moments. Robison's wife Vivien is also a musician who has been an adjunct professor at BYU and a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Robison is a Latter-day Saint. Since retiring from BYU in 2006 he has served a mission with his wife for the LDS Church in Austria and Germany. Robison and his wife Vivien were members of the Nauvoo University faculty for a short time.[2] Robison now serves as a professor at Southern Virginia University.


  1. ^ David B. Galbraith and Blair L. Van Dyke. "The BYU Jerusalem Center: Reflections of A Modern Pioneer" in Religious Educator Vol. 9 (2008), no. 1, p. 29ff
  2. ^ Nauvoo University bio of Clayne