The Apollo Club of Wenatchee, Washington
 The Apollo Club of Wenatchee, Washington  

Ron began singing in a high school that had been able to provide him with wide exposure to choral and instrumental music.  Among the most memorable and influential secondary school experiences was his charter membership in a very successful barbershop quartet that performed regularly both at school and in the community.  He carried that secondary school training and experience to Colgate University (BA) where for the next 4 years, he sang in and co-directed the university’s renowned male a cappella group, the Colgate 13.

 

After graduation and before many years had passed, Ron emerged in Seattle as a finalist in the regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions. He didn’t make it to New York that time around, but no matter, the Canadian Opera snapped him up and brought him to Toronto where for the next four years he appeared throughout Canada (Vancouver Opera, Edmonton Opera, Calgary Opera, Opera Nova Scotia) and the United States in concert, oratorio, and operatic productions. A “European Period” followed with singing (Opéra de Wallonie and Norddeutcher Rundfunk) and studying in Belgium (Diplôme supérieur – Conservatoire royal de musique de Liège), Holland, France and Germany, then back to North America for additional training and performing in Phoenix (MA – Arizona State), Montréal (M.Mus. – Université de Montréal and Ph.D, - McGill University) Halifax, Toronto, Los Angeles, Albuquerque, Tampa, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, and finally Wenatchee.  That story, too long to be recounted here, can be found in part at www.ronbermingham.com.

 

In the early 2000s, as an Assistant Chair of the Theatre Department and head of the Musical Theatre Division at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Ron began teaching voice and directing/conducting musicals, thus transitioning from a life on the wicked stage to one in the classroom, voice studio and orchestra pit. Many of his voice students are now appearing on and off Broadway, in regional theaters across the country and on national tours. 

 

In the summer of 2015, after a busy career in music spanning more than 45 years, Ron and his wife Joyce packed up their worldly chattels in New Orleans and headed northwest to Wenatchee to settle in the Apple Capital where their daughter Michelle, an ophthalmologist, her husband Terry, an IT specialist, and their two granddaughters, Hailey and Lauren, have been living for a number of years. Michelle mentioned that two of her colleagues in the Ophthalmology Department at the Clinic appeared regularly with the Apollo Club.  She suggested he get in touch.  He did, and it was a perfect match.

 

Since arriving in Wenatchee, Ron has been busy conducting musicals (Chicago with Hot August Nights & Young Frnakenstein with Music Theatre of Wenatchee) and teaching private voice at the Columbia River Music Conservatory. Beginning in September of this year (2017), he will assume direction of the Chamber Choir at Wenatachee Valley College.

 

In spite of a long career "on the boards", he has never lost sight of his love for choral singing, and has directed choirs, vocal jazz ensembles, and a cappella groups in communities, high schools, colleges and universities along the way.  According to Ron, there is no musical sound more thrilling than that of mature, male voices raised in song. He has only one word to describe it: “awesome”.