Robbie Dobson was born and raised in Newport News, Virginia with two sisters, an assortment of dogs and a wonderful cat who loved to nap on top of the family piano. Robbie’s earliest memories centered around the piano. Grandmother Taylor would play and sing nursery rhymes when the girls were little and Mother Casson would serenade the family to sleep almost every night. All the girls took piano lessons in elementary school and enjoyed playing band instruments in high school. Summer vacations were important to the family and Robbie continues to take the same two weeks of vacation she did as a child: one week to the beach and one week to Massanetta Church Conference Center. Why change perfection?
Since music brought so much joy to Robbie, it came as no surprise that she decided to attend college and major in music education. She attended Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina and enjoyed North Carolina immensely – so much in fact that she stayed there for over 25 years!
Robbie taught band in Fayetteville, Roanoke Rapids, and Durham, North Carolina. She returned to college and earned a masters degree in music education from East Carolina University in Greenville in 1985. She played bassoon in several community and college orchestras and played the piano for two different Presbyterian churches. Along the way she met Bill Dobson in Fayetteville and has been happily married for 28 years. In Durham, the couple had two children, Jack and Sarah, and then Bill’s job relocated him to Virginia.
In June 1997, the Dobsons moved to Mechanicsville. Since Jack and Sarah were both quite young (2 & 4), Robbie decided not to work full time. She has taught music part time in several preschools, worked at the Children’s Museum in Richmond, taught private piano lessons and was music director at the Luther School for the last 7 years. She has been volunteer children’s choir director at Fairfield Presbyterian Church for the last 18 years. In her free time she enjoys gardening, hiking around Richmond’s historic areas, cooking, reading and working Sudoku puzzles.
Robbie’s favorite hymn has always been “Blessed Assurance.” The words “this is my story, this is my song” have always spoken to her and she is delighted to start a new verse to her song here at Bethlehem Presbyterian Church “as we praise our Savior all the day long!”