Ronnie Oliver, Jr. is a conductor and educator whose commitment to the advancement of the choral art through performance, mentoring, and teaching has spanned over 30 years.
Dr. Oliver is the Associate Director of Choral Activities at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting, choral repertoire, graduate aural skills, and assists with the choral program. Past appointments include the conducting faculty at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, Interim Director of Choral Studies at Western Michigan University, Director of Choral Activities at Western KY University and Greensboro College (NC), and Associate Choral Director at Texas Tech University. He was appointed Music Director of Florilegium Chamber Choir in January of 2014.
Dr. Oliver has also served as the Executive Director of Manhattan Concert Productions, where he was responsible for the overall administration and management of festival concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and The Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. His duties included collaboration with nationally known guest conductors, working directly with the production teams at the various venues, fiscal management, and escorting performing ensembles on tours of Europe and Great Britain. Dr. Oliver served as the Managing Director of Musica Sacra, a professional choral ensemble in New York City, for the 2009-2010 season. He was also 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, KY, and his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting and the Ph. D. in Fine Arts from Texas Tech University.
He has 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, and Robert Shaw. He has participated in the Oregon Bach Festival's Conducting Master Class with Helmuth Rilling. Dr. Oliver has appeared at Carnegie Hall four times, most recently conducting Fauré's Requiem with the Masterworks Festival Chorus and New York City Chamber Orchestra.
He is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, The National Collegiate Choral Organization, The College Music Society, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.