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Robin Dinda was born in Wichita, Kansas, on July 30, 1959, and grew up in Northern Virginia and Florida.  He began playing the organ and composing at age eight, and, after some piano lessons from his grandmother, Emma Dinda, was mostly self-taught.  Dinda played his first European recitals at age sixteen, performing organ concerts in Germany that included his own compositions.  His first appearance at a national convention was for the 1986 Detroit Convention of The American Guild of Organists, where he replaced the scheduled artist with three days' notice.  Since then he has performed across the United States, at many national and regional conventions, and in duo-concerts with his wife, Renea Waligora.  He is particularly known for his performances of American organ music, and his programs invariably include examples of his own published compositions. 

 

Dr. Dinda has composed hundreds of works for a variety of media.  His many published compositions have been performed at concerts, conventions, stage works, and religious services throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. His organ duos - works for four hands and four feet- have become standard repertory and have been performed and recorded by numerous musicians on three continents. He earned degrees from Davidson College, The University of Cincinnati, and The University of Michigan, holds the Fellowship Certificate of The American Guild of Organists, and is a writer member of ASCAP. Organ teachers of his include Wilmer Hayden Welsh, David Mulbury, Marilyn Mason, and Robert Glasgow. He studied composition with Wilmer Hayden Welsh, Allen Sapp, William Albright, and William Bolcom.  

 

Robin Dinda is Professor of Humanities (Music) at Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, where he has taught since 1989.  He is also Director of Music at The First Parish (Unitarian - Universalist) in Fitchburg, where he has presided over the church's 1928 E. M. Skinner organ since 2000.

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Renea Waligora & Robin Dinda, Duo-Organists
 

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