Robbie Lynn Hunsinger began her musical training at the age of 5. She was fortunate to have Elizabeth Young as an inspired piano teacher who taught phrasing and musicality from the first note. She picked up the Oboe at age 8 and was fortunate to study in Atlanta with both Joseph Robinson, future Principal Oboist of the New York Philharmonic, and Elaine Douvas, soon to be Principal Oboist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and current Chair of Woodwinds at Julliard. Hunsinger performed Rossini Overtures in Middle School with Charles Bradley's legendary Highlander Band and from there enjoyed 4 years with the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra. She got her Union Card at 14 when she began her professional career. Her mother sang with the legendary Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus for many years under Robert Shaw and Hunsinger was priveledged to work with Shaw with the Atlanta Symphony and also as an Obbligato Soloist with his Bach Festival in Soullac, France.
Other highlights of her classical work include European Tours with the Atlanta Symphony and Chicago Symphony Orchestras and various recordings, including a double Grammy Winner playing English Horn on Bartok's "The Wooden Prince" with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She was featured as an Obbligato Soloist with the Chicago Symphony performing Bach's Christmas Oratoria with Peter Schreier and attended Marlboro Music Festival where she recorded Schoenberg's "Chamber Symphony No.1" with Felix Galamir as Concertmaster and Conductor, a disc chosen for Marlboro's 40th Anniversary Recording Series on Sony Classical.
Her oboe career took a side turn in Chicago when she began to explore free jazz and improvised music. She was soon researching ancient and folk oboes from around the world and performing on Sona, Shenai, and a homemade Aulos- an ancient greek double oboe. She was an active member of the Chicago Improvised Music scene and founded the XoinX Creative Music Series. She performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival and the Chicago World Music Festival with Tatsu Aoki's Miyumi Project. She was a guest member in Cassandra Wilson's Miles Davis Tribute Band at Chicago's Orchestra Hall, and she recorded Scott Field's "96 Gestures" with Myra Melford, Joseph Jarman, Rob Mazurek and Francois Houle. She toured Europe with percussionist Michael Vorfeld performing at Festivals in Ghent and Nova Paka. She also performed with Ken Vandermark, Ab Baars and Joe McPhee and was featured in duets with Evan Parker at Chicago's FMP Festival. She formed an ensemble with Tatsu Aoki and Joseph Jarman whose album "Trio" garnered many enthusiastic reviews including a 4 star pick in DownBeat Magazine.
Hunsinger's multimedia work began with an invitation from architect Douglas Garofalo to create a soundscape for his project "Western Avenue, Digital Geographies," an installation at the International Symposium on Electronic Arts in Chicago. She created a composition exclusively from sounds recorded on that street and then embedded "pothole" speakers into Garofalo's "digital road." Her next project with Mr. Garofalo involved a multi-channelled interactive sound design for his installation InFOrmant System at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art. She created an 12 channel instrument for Garofalo's high tech newstand/performance shell which was played with light sensors. Garofalo later curated a group show at The Thomas Blackman Gallery called "Field Phenomena" which featured Hunsinger's gallery-filling maze of 6 foot acoustic sound sculptures. This exhibit was present by Chicago's Contemporary Art's Council and included her participation on a panel at SOFA, Chicago.
Hunsinger took several years away from her performance and art career to found the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, one of the largest hands-on conservation groups in the country. CBCM is an all volunteer group that rescues thousands of migratory birds that hit buildings each migration season and works with building managers to reduce risks to birds. Chicago's tall buildings now turn out their rooftop lights every fall and spring migration to reduce bird strikes due in large part to Hunsinger's efforts and those of her volunteers. She retired as Director in 2004 but this organization remains one of the most effective hands-on conservation groups in the country.
New Media is Hunsinger's new focus, bringing together her interest in computer code and her love of interactive art. She creates installations and performances using Wii remotes, webcams, arduinos and the iPhone. She uses her photography,video and sculpture as source material for these compositions. She installed her New Media composition "Emergent Convergence" at Nashville's gallery F in February 2011 to good reviews and followed this with multimedia oboe performances at the gallery in Spring 2011. Her multimedia composition "Bees" uses microphone input to control video effects in real-time, and the performance version of "Emergent Convergence" is written for solo oboe, electronics and an Xbox Kinect. Through her custom code she is able to draw projected animations in real-time with the oboe bell. She also performed at the 2010 Circuit Bender's Ball in Nashville, showcasing her work with the Wii remote, sound controlled animation and video, and compositions using live oboe and animations with real-time sound sampling. She was chosen as an Associate Artist Resident at The Atlantic Center for the Arts in October 2011 where she studied improvisation and composition with Roscoe Mitchell.
Hunsinger attended Manhattan School of Music and graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied Oboe with John Mack. She has taught most of her life, holding positions at several colleges including Northern Illinois University, Elmhurst College and North Park University. She has presented national and international workshops on improvised music and has presented several regional workshops on interactive art and technology.