music education and performance

LOVE Ms. James! She’s very knowledgeable on the subject and is so free spirited and fun!
— Student,

Photography by Anjelica

Photography by Anjelica

Robyn James is a classically-trained musician and award-winning educator from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Her main instruments are viola, violin, and piano and she sings when given the opportunity. She is the founder of Robyn James Ensembles, a string group providing music for corporate meetings, parties, weddings, and other events. The group has been awarded WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice Award for seven years running (2013-2019). Robyn also performs with the Oak Ridge Symphony and has previously performed with the Knoxville Symphony and the Symphony of the Mountains.

Robyn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro and a Master of Music in Viola Performance from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville. Fall 2018 marks her twelfth year as an adjunct professor at Pellissippi State Community College, where she has taught applied viola, applied violin, music appreciation, and music fundamentals. Robyn also taught music appreciation and string techniques at Lincoln Memorial University for several semesters. She maintains a private studio in which she instructs students age six and up in music theory, viola, and violin.

Robyn was selected by peer faculty and staff as Outstanding Adjunct Faculty for the 2015-2016 academic year at Pellissippi State. Her non-music hobbies include writing fiction, playing with cats, reading, and napping.

I’ve had the privilege of playing with Robyn multiple times, on both large and small stages. Her talent is obvious, and she makes a significant contribution to every event she is a part of. Her string trio also provided the music for our wedding ceremony, which was fantastic.
— Chris Doody, singer-songwriter