Ron Garber, instructor in music at Butler County Community College, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethel College and Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Wichita State University. He has done postgraduate work at the Universities of Oregon and Colorado.
Garber is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and the Kansas Music Educators Association. At Butler Community College, Garber teaches Music Appreciation, Applied and Class Voice, directs the Chamber Singers and co-directs the Concert Choir with Valerie Lippoldt-Mack. From 1997 to 2006 Garber was the director of the Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus; in 2003 Garber became the musical director/conductor of the Newton Chorale, based in N. Newton Kansas.
His academic honors include being accepted by audition as a student conductor in the University of Oregon’s Summer Festival under the direction of Helmuth Rilling from Stuttgart, Germany, in the study of Bach cantatas. Garber has returned to Oregon for three additional summers to sing in the Festival Chorus. In the summer of 1989, he was the guest tenor in residence for the Breckenridge Music Institute in Breckenridge, Colo. In addition he has performed as tenor soloist with the Arvada Chamber Orchestra, Nebraska Chamber Orchestra, Wichita State University Chorus and Orchestra, Wichita Symphony, Bethel College, Wichita State University, the University of Colorado Opera Theaters, and most recently, the Wichita Chamber Chorale.
Garber has performed as tenor soloist in the performances of Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Haydn’s Harmony Mass, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Bach’s Magnificat, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Dvorak’s Requiem Mass, Monteverdi’s Magnificat of 1610, Rachmaninoff’s All Night Vigil, and Dave Brubeck’s Gates of Justice.