Ronnie Oliver, Jr.

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 Manhattan School of Music, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting, choral repertoire, and graduate aural skills and assists with the choral program. He is also on the conducting faculty at the Juilliard School of Music Evening Division. Past appointments include the conducting faculty at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey; Interim Director of Choral Studies at Western Michigan University; Director of Choral Activities at Western Kentucky University and Greensboro College (North Carolina); and Associate Choral Director at Texas Tech University. He was appointed Music Director of Florilegium Chamber Choir in January of 2014.

Dr. Oliver 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 Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. His duties included collaborating 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 2009–10 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, Kentucky, and his Master of Music degree in choral conducting and Ph.D. in fine arts from Texas Tech University. He has studied conducting with Robert Baar, Gerald Welker, Vincent LaSelva, and Kenneth Davis. In addition, Dr. Oliver has participated in master classes 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.