He is a tenor, conductor and teacher who studied at Wartburg College, Iowa and attended Peabody Conservatory from 1966 to 1968. In 1970 he was an apprentice with the Chautaqua Opera.
He has since sung as a soloist and ensemble member with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in many concert performances, including 10 appearances at Carnegie Hall, and on seven recordings. Aside from Robert Shaw he has also sung under the leadership of conductors such as Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt and Sir David Willcocks .
Nationally and internationally known he has appeared throughout the United States in recitals and oratorios, spent four summers in France with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers, toured Eastern Europe in 1996 with the pianist Boaz Sharon, co-directed the University of Florida Chamber Singers at the White House and the Linz Festival in Austria and conducted the University of Florida Choir and Chamber Singers on a tour of France.
As a guest conductor he has also appeared at many venues throughout the length and breadth of the United States. The composer Paul Basler wrote his “Missa Kenya” for Ronald to conduct.
Appearing on many albums a few of them include Amazing Grace – American Hymns & Spirituals by the Robert Shaw Festival Singers and The Music of John White by John White and the compilations American Christmas Classics and Best Loved Christmas Carols.
As a teacher he has been Professor of Music at the University of Florida since 1984 and also serves as their choral conductor, voice tutor and director of the Men’s Glee Club. His adjudicating and clinician services have seen him venture as far as Canada.
Robert Shaw Chamber Singers recordings
Angels We Have Heard on High (Traditional French/ James Chadwick / Edward Shippen Barnes )
Telarc 80377 (CD: Songs of Angels: Christmas Hymns & Carols)
Conductor – Robert Shaw
He sings here on “We Three Kings” by the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers….