Ron Black Biography
Ron attended both Immaculate Heart and Occidental Colleges in Los Angeles, majoring in Renaissance vocal and instrumental performance. Ron sang bass in the Great Western Timbre Company, 1986 Far Western District quartet champion and 1988 15th-place international semifinalist, and currently 4th place Senior Quartet. He also sang bass with Rhythm and Rhyme, which took 14th place in the 1997 international competition. He has directed the Fresno Gold Note Chorus, seventh-place international competitor in 1984.
Ron moved to Texas in 2003 to direct the Heart of Texas Chorus in San Marcos, which has competed as a SWD representative six times, and placed as high as 9th in the International Chorus contest in 2008 in Nashville. In addition, he coaches many quartets and choruses in the U.S. and abroad. Ron has been a part time faculty at Texas State University, San Marcos, where he conducted the Men’s Chorus. In 2009 moved with his wife Jo to Rocklin, California to be near their grandchildren. He was an Associate Director of Voices of California, a Barbershop Harmony Society chorus of international caliber from 2010 to 2017. In 2011 Ron was inducted into the Far Western District Hall Of Fame.
Ron recently retired from the BHS Judging Program after serving for 30 years in both the Music and Singing Categories. He has been on the Harmony University faculty for 34 years. He is included in the recent publication “Visions Of Excellence”, as one of 25 finest directors in the Barbershop Harmony Society. In his infrequent spare time he eats, sleeps, and writes computer accounting software.