Ron Black Biography
Ron has a BMus degree in Renaissance vocal and instrumental performance.
He has been very active in the Barbershop Harmony Society since then. He sings bass in the Great Western Timbre Company, 1986 BHS Far Western District quartet champion and 1988 15th-place international semifinalist, and still together in their 35th year. In 1984 he directed the Fresno, CA “Gold Note Chorus” to 7th Place at the BHS International Chorus Contest.
Ron moved to Texas in 2003 to direct the Heart of Texas Chorus in San Marcos, Texas, which competed at the BHS International Contest six times, and placed as high as 9th. He also was on faculty at Texas State University, San Marcos, where he conducted the Men’s Chorus.
In 2009 he moved with his wife Jo to Rocklin, California to be near their grandchildren. During that time he was the Associate Director of Voices of California from 2010 to 2018.
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 BHS Harmony University faculty for 31 years. He is included in the publication “Visions Of Excellence” as one of 25 finest directors in the Barbershop Harmony Society. He has worked with many quartets and choruses both here and abroad.
He and Jo moved last year to Ft. Collins to be near their other grandchildren and now great-grandsons. In his spare time he eats, sleeps, and writes computer accounting software.