Ron Nelson

Ron NelsonNé à Joliet, Illinois, Ron Nelson obtient son baccalauréat en musique en 1952, sa maîtrise en 1953 et son doctorat en 1956 à la Eastman School of Music de l'University of Rochester. En 1955, il reçoit une bourse Fulbright qui lui permet d'étudier en France à l'École normale de musique et au Conservatoire de Paris. M. Nelson se joint à la Brown University à titre de professeur adjoint en 1960 et devient professeur titulaire en 1968. Il est chef du département de musique de 1963 à 1973 et est nommé professeur émérite en 1993. Il reçoit en 1991 la chaire d'excellence Acuff pour les arts créatifs et devient le premier musicien titulaire de cette chaire. Il s'est bäti une réputation mondiale en tant que compositeur d'oeuvres chorales, orchestrales et pour harmonie.

M. Nelson a reçu des commandes du Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, du United States Air Force Band et du United States Army Chorus, de l'Orchestre philharmonique du Rhode Island et de nombreux autres ensembles de musique chorale, collèges et universités dont les universités du Minnesota, de Dartmouth, de Western Michigan et de Lawrence, ainsi que du Brevard Music Center et du festival de musique d'Aspen. En outre, il a reçu des bourses et des prix de la Howard Foundation, de l'American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), de la Brown University et du National Endowment for the Arts. M. Nelson est un illustre récipiendaire du prix ABA/Ostwald 1993, du concours de composition de la NBA (National Band Association) et du Sudler International Wind Band Composition Competition (la fondation John Philip Sousa) pour son oeuvre Passacaille, Hommage sur B-A-C-H.

A native of Joliet, Illinois, Nelson received his Bachelor of Music degree in 1952, the Master's degree in 1953, and the Doctor of Music Arts degree in 1956 from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. He studeied in France at the Ecole Normale de Musique and the Paris Conservatory under a Fulbright Grant in 1955. Dr. Nelson joined the Brown University faculty the following year as an assistant professor in 1960, and full professor in 1968. He served as Chairman of the Department of Music from 1963 to 1973, and was named professor emeritus in 1993. In 1991 he was awarded te Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts—the first musician to hold the chair.

He has gained wide recognition as a composer of choral, band, and orchestral works. Dr. Nelson has received commission from the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the United States Air Force Band and Chorus, the Rhode Island Philhaorminc Orchestra, and numerous choral organizations, college and universities, including the University of Minnesota, Dartmouth, Western Michigan and Lawrence, as well as the Classic Chorale Brevard Music Center and Aspen Music Frestival. He has also received grants and awards from the Howard Foundation, ASCAP, Brown University, and several from the National Endowment for the Arts. Dr. Nelson is the distinguished winner of the 1993 ABA/Ostwald, the NBA Composition Contest, and the Sudler International Wind Band Composition Competition (The John Philip Sousa Foundation), for his work Passacaglia (Homage on B-A-C-H).