Mayor Robie Evans 1996 - 1997
Robie Evans, familiar to many Borregans, returns to Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center as violinist and violist with Opus Melodious. Robie was honorary mayor of Borrego Springs in 1996-1997 and a passionate advocate for PAC. In her 11 years of residence in Borrego Springs, she was artistic director of PAC for four years and dedicated her efforts to bringing musical and dramatic arts to the desert. As a hands on artist, Robie has directed many productions including, The Odd Couple, Mousetrap, The Sound of Music, Nunsense as well as a production of The King and I that was taken to Brawley as a special tour performance. The experience proved to be a sending forth "of one's artistic inspiration" Robie says, "a lot of work, a lot of love and just great memories!" She was a founding member of the Kokopelli piano quartet, which performed extensively in a wide variety of repertoire, another facet of her life in the desert. Since leaving Borrego Springs, she has added the viola to her musical bag of tricks and has discovered a true affinity with the darker side of the string timbre. Robie now continues her musical career with Lyric Opera San Diego, The Notable String Quartet and a myriad of other musical groups throughout San Diego County. Regarding PAC, Robie shares this thought, "It is great to see how far the theatre has come since we left in 1997, and it is a joy to return to the PAC Stage."
Robie is a second generation native San Diegan. She started piano at the age of seven and began playing violin in the fourth grade in the San Diego City school system. When she was 11, her family moved to El Centro, where she blossomed in that city’s string music program; she held the position of Concertmaster from sixth grade through high school. During that time she was the winner of two Young Artist Competitions held by the Yuma Symphony and the Imperial Valley Symphony. She studied violin under Elwin Williamson of Holtville, George Kast of Los Angeles, Herman Silberman of the Boston Symphony and Theodore Brunson of San Diego. For twelve years she performed with the San Diego Youth Symphony touring throughout the world; she was Concertmaster for their 1981 China tour, where they took part in China’s first live cultural satellite broadcast. Robie has enjoyed performing with the La Jolla Symphony, San Diego State University Symphony (as Concertmaster), San Diego Chamber Orchestra and the Imperial Valley Symphony. Robie took up the viola many years ago to enrich and expand her love of chamber music and has been a member of many performing chamber ensembles. Robie successfully pursued a 25-year corporate banking career and is currently the Director of Operations at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego in Hillcrest. She lives with her husband, Ray, in La Mesa.