Jill Robinson Kilzer, Co-Director for Music@10,000 Lakes, is an enthusiastic believer in the power of music, for all who pursue it — student, performer or listener.
Jill envisions the Music@10,000 Lakes retreat for professional pianists as a valuable source of inspiration, support and relaxation for those who teach or study or want to improve performance skills.
Growing up less than 25 miles from St. John’s University,and earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from nearby College of Benedict, Jill has long known of the beauty and serenity of the two campuses in addition to the long held musical and academic values of the two institutions.
After graduation, Jill studied piano pedagogy at the New School for Music Study in Princeton New Jersey. Ensuing years lead to further post-baccalaureate studies at the University of Minnesota and later a Master of Music In Piano Performance and Pedagogy at Northwestern University, Evanston IL.
Jill established herself in Houston Texas for the next 20 years sharing the joy of music through teaching, continued study and performance. Highlights include six weeks of in-depth study and performance of Lieder accompaniment at the American Institute of Music Studies in Graz Austria, regular performances in Houston’s Tuesday Musical Club, Museum of Fine Arts, and an adjunct faculty member of San Jacinto College Music Department.
2000 was the year of homecoming to Minnesota for the Kilzer family. In addition to raising two young sons and building an independent studio class, Jill became more active in Music Teachers National Association’s (MTNA) Minnesota Affiliate, the Minnesota Music Teachers Association (MMTA). Involvement in MMTA’s dynamic programs lead to several leaderships positions including nine years as a member of the MMTA Board of Directors and two years as MMTA president.
Jill and her husband, Bill, reside in Apple Valley, where the pursuit of music — with all its challenges and delights— goes on.