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Dr. Ronald Horner is Director of Percussion Studies at Frostburg State University. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Music degree in Performance and an Artist Diploma from Duquesne University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from West Virginia University. His primary teachers include Elden “Buster” Bailey, Roland Kohloff, Stanley Leonard, and Gary Olmstead. A member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, he has received numerous academic and professional awards, including membership in Who’s Who in America.
He is an active participant in the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, and the Percussive Arts Society. His performing experience includes former membership in the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and regular performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, under conductors including Leonard Bernstein, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, and Georg Solti.
He currently serves as Principal Timpanist of the Johnstown and Westmoreland Symphony Orchestras in Pennsylvania and is timpanist for the acclaimed Keystone Wind Ensemble. He has recorded on the Deutsche Grammofon, London/Decca, CBS Masterworks, and Citadel labels. Mr. Horner is a clinician for the Ludwig/Musser division of Selmer Industries, and is the author of the timpani method book The Tuneful Timpanist.
Dr. Ronald Horner, Percussion Instructor in the Department of Music, presented a Master Class on Monday April 1, 2013 at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. The class, on melodic pedal technique for timpani, was based upon ideas and studies developed by Dr. Horner in his text, The Tuneful Timpanist. This method book has been widely adopted throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, including its utilization at Curtis. Dr. Horner has presented similar classes at various universities over the past few years. Below are pictures from Dr. Horner's visit to the Curtis Institute.