Ronnie Oliver, Jr.
In the fall of 2007, Dr. Oliver joined the conducting faculty at Westminster Choir College. He conducts the newly-formed Rider Chapel Choir, the Westminster Men's Choir, co-conducts the Westminster Chapel Choir with Sun Min Lee and teaches Fundamentals of Conducting.
Dr. Oliver is also the Executive Director and Conductor-in-Residence of Manhattan Concert Productions in New York City. Prior to coming to New York, he taught at Western KY University, Greensboro College (NC), and Texas Tech University. He made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in June of 2005 with the National Festival Chorus.
Dr. Oliver received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Murray State University in Murray, KY. After teaching choral music at Radcliff Middle School and North Hardin High School in Radcliff, Kentucky, he went to Texas Tech University to earn his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting and the Ph. D. in Fine Arts. Throughout his career, Dr. Oliver has been active as a conductor of high school and junior high honor choirs, church choirs, professional, collegiate, and community choirs.
He studied conducting with Robert Baar, Gerald Welker, Vincent LaSelva (The Juilliard School) and Kenneth Davis. In addition, Dr. Oliver has participated in masterclasses and clinics with Paul Salamunovich, Robert Page, Dennis Keene, Helmuth Rilling, and Robert Shaw. In 2004, he was one of only 14 conductors selected to participate in the Oregon Bach Festival's Conducting Masterclass with Helmuth Rilling.
Dr. Oliver is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, NY ACDA, NY Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, The College Music Society, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.