Ronald F. Vernon
Ronald Vernon is Professor of Music Emeritus at The University of Mississippi, where he was appointed to the faculty in 1972. He conducts the Lafayette-Oxford-University (LOU) Orchestra, teaches conducting and performs as singer and instrumentalist with the Mississippi Early Music Ensemble. From 1986 to 1996 he served as Chair of the Department of Music. His Bachelor of Music degree is from Louisiana Tech University, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree is from The University of Texas. In addition to his University duties, he is Music Director of the Germantown (TN) Symphony and performs with the Mockingbird Early Music Ensemble.
An active guest conductor of both professional and youth orchestras, he has appeared with the Shreveport (LA) Symphony, East Texas Symphony, Jackson (TN) Symphony, and the Greenville (MS) Symphony. He has served as music director of the Tupelo (MS) Symphony and as founding music director of the Corinth (MS) Symphony His educational activities include concerts with the Jackson (MS), Houston (TX), Memphis, and Chattanooga Youth Symphonies, as well as festival orchestras throughout the South.
His professional service includes terms as President of the String Division, Mississippi Music Educators, President of the Mississippi String Teachers Association, President of the Mississippi Association of College Music Administrators, President of the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education, and President of the Memphis Youth Symphony Board.