Ronald Oliver, Jr. is a conductor and educator whose commitment to the advancement of the choral art through performance, mentoring, and teaching has spanned over 25 years.
Currently on the choral conducting faculty at Manhattan School of Music, he was most recently Interim Director of Choral Studies at Western Michigan University, where he conducted the University Chorale, Collegiate Singers, and WMU Grand Chorus and taught graduate and undergraduate conducting. He has been a member of the conducting faculty at Westminster Choir College; Director of Choral Activities at Western Kentucky University and Greensboro College (North Carolina); and Associate Choral Director at Texas Tech University.
As the former Executive Director of Manhattan Concert Productions, Dr. Oliver was responsible for the overall administration of festival concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. He served as the managing director of Musica Sacra in New York for the 2009–10 season. He was recently selected as a Conducting Fellow for the 2012 Chorus America master class in choral-orchestral conducting.
Dr. Oliver received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, and his Master of Music degree in choral conducting and Ph. D. in fine arts from Texas Tech University. He studied conducting with Robert Baar, Gerald Welker, Vincent LaSelva, and Kenneth Davis and has participated in master classes and clinics with Paul Salamunovich, Robert Page, Dennis Keene, and Robert Shaw. In 2004, he participated in the Oregon Bach Festival’s conducting master class with Helmuth Rilling. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall four times, most recently in 2010 conducting Fauré’s Requiem with the Masterworks Festival Chorus and New York City Chamber Orchestra.
Dr. Oliver is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, National Collegiate Choral Organization, College Music Society, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.