Cathy DeRousse has twenty-five years of experience in higher education and currently serves in the School of Communication and Performing Arts as Collaborative Artist, College Organist, and Director of the Bennett Technology Lab, in addition to teaching piano, class piano, songwriting, and scoring and arranging. Prior to coming to ETBU, she taught piano, collaborative piano, and music theory at Centenary College of Louisiana, and she also served as a staff accompanist at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mrs. DeRousse earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano from Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, respectively. She is a member of Baroque Artists of Shreveport and is active as an adjudicator for piano festivals and competitions. Mrs. DeRousse has served churches in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and New York, including her present position as organist at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana. Her published compositions include works for piano, organ, handbells, violin, and choir. She enjoys helping students grow both personally and in their skills so that they will be prepared to honor God through their careers.
Anthony Robinson is Adjunct Instructor of Music and teaches percussion and woodwind methods. Prior to ETBU, he was Percussion Coordinator/Band Director in Marshall, Texas for twenty-five years and Director of Bands/Fine Arts Coordinator for five years before his retirement. He has since served as a percussion specialist for many school districts in the East Texas area. Anthony has also served as Percussion Organizer/Clinician for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All State Bands and Orchestras for over twenty-six years.
Mr. Robinson received a Bachelor of Music Education from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana and a Master from East Texas State. An active professional, Mr. Robinson has served over 42 years as percussionist with the Shreveport Symphony and over 35 years with the Longview and Marshall Symphonies. He is also retired from the United States Air Force where he served as First Sergeant/Principal Percussionist for the United States Army Air Force Band of the Gulf Coast (ANG). His military musical experience includes a ten-city tour of the Czech Republic; teaching private lessons as a form of Welfare and Recreation to U.S. troops while he was deployed to southwest Asia in support of the Global War on Terrorism and appearances with the U.S. Air Force Band of the West (San Antonio).