Robin Donica Wolaver
I grew up in the Kiamichi Mountains of Southeastern Oklahoma, a secluded, unlikely grooming ground for a musician - but there it is.
My piano teacher fed me all the notes she could, and my Mother took it from there, grooming me and my sisters to perform on small, country church stages. Our music was important, my parents were missionaries, and my father, a traveling evangelist.
This humble musical beginning led me to the halls of Oklahoma City University, where I obtained a Vocal Performance Degree and, most importantly, met my piano-playing husband, Bill. We shared a love of God, of each other, and of music.
Our thirty-six year marriage has produced seven children, Annie, Alex, Benjamin, Camille, Gretchen, Jeremiah, and Zoe, our beautiful daughter who we brought home from China. And don’t stop too long, or we’ll tell you all about our ten grandchildren - the number is still rising.
Bill and I were staff music writers for Word Music for many years, and were twice nominated for Dove Awards in the “Song of the Year” and “Best Children’s Musical” categories. We have written for many of today’s leading publishing companies.
We also composed the chart-topping Sandi Patti classic, “Make His Praise Glorious.” The song garnered “Gospel Song Of the Year” awards from both ASCAP and the Nashville Songwriter’s Association.
But most importantly, it has become the theme song of our lives.
Today, I travel with my family in a group called the Annie Moses Band. You can read a lot of the Band’s kudos on the website, but suffice it to say, we have had a ball working together to “Make His Praise Glorious!”
I wrote a book about it all: “The Song of Annie Moses”, published by Guidepost. It chronicles my family’s story from the cotton fields of depression-era Texas, to the halls of the Juilliard School, and onto stages as diverse as Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry.
I have also become a contributor to many magazines and websites such as Focus on the Family and Fox News.
Many parents witness the fruit of God’s work in the music of our family and approach me with questions about how to achieve greater success with their children. These queries have led me to travel as a speaker addressing subjects such as “Nurturing Artistic Excellence In Children” and “Building a Bonded Family.”
I love teaching and use that gift in the Conservatory of Annie Moses and at the Annie Moses Summer Music Festival, grooming a new generation to “Make His Praise Glorious!“.