Ron Chronister - Staying in Tune With Youth

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Alumni, "Current Students", Faculty/Staff, music, "Ron Chronister", theatre Joyce Stuermer, long-time professor of music at Ottawa University, still remembers the day she asked Ron Chronister ’76 to serve as assistant director for an upcoming musical. “Even as a student, his organizational skills and abilities were top notch,” she said. Those same skills have led to Chronister’s involvement in planning various state, regional and national events throughout his 35-year career in music education. His most recent project involves the design and implementation of an educational symposium for the Young People’s Chorus (YPC) of New York City that was held February 15-18. Founded in 1988 by Artistic Director Francisco Núñez, YPC has become one of the most celebrated and influential youth choruses in the world, performing around the globe and collaborating with some of the most highly regarded composers and performers of our time. In February, YPC partnered with the Carnegie Hall Choral Institute to present its second “Transient Glory” Symposium. During the three-day event, participants worked directly with eight of today’s leading composers and master conductors, as well as premier instrumentalists and the Young People’s Chorus. In addition to experiencing the quality preparation and performance of eight commissioned works, Chronister’s design of the educational workshops enabled a large number of choral directors and music educators to become more effective in score study, knowledgeable about the available literature and skilled at presenting new music to their singers and audiences. Chronister was thrilled to be part of such an exciting collaboration. “I’m very honored that organizations the caliber of YPC and Carnegie Hall value what I can offer to music educators and have sought my input on such a prestigious project,” he said. Stuermer isn’t surprised by Chronister’s success. “I am very proud of Ron’s accomplishments in the field of music education,” she said. “It speaks to his character, as well as his abilities and the quality of his work.” Chronister has been teaching music since graduating from The College in 1976, having taught 5th-12th grade general and choral music in Halstead, Kansas, since 1978. In addition to his work with YPC, Chronister has held numerous leadership positions in state and regional music associations, serving as president of both the Kansas Music Educators Association and the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) Southwestern Division. He has also served as a member of the NAfME national board executive committee and has planned the Southwestern Division Symposium, “Music for All: Teaching Music in Urban and Rural Schools,” since 2009. Chronister, who holds a master of music education degree from Wichita State University, credits Ottawa University for shaping him as an individual and providing experiences that prepared him to be a successful music educator. “OU not only prepared me to be a musician and an educator, but also to be a whole individual, to look at the world at large, and to reach out to others,” he said. “Everything that has happened to me has been made possible because of the education I received at Ottawa University.” For more information about the Young People’s Chorus, visit