Mr. Ron Carpenter
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Mr. Carpenter is a native of Arizona and a product of the Mesa Public Schools. He began his musical training as a child in the Phoenix Boys Choir and was fortunate to be a student of Mr. Bart Evans at Dobson High School. He studied conducting with Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe at Northern Arizona University where he earned a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Educational Leadership.
Mr. Carpenter began his career teaching choral music in kindergarten through twelfth grade in the Gilbert Public Schools from 1990-1993. From 1993-2005, he was the Director of Choirs at Hendrix Junior High and from 2005-2011 he was the director of choirs at Poston Junior High School, both in the Mesa Public Schools. In addition, he served on the faculty of the University of Miami Annual Choral Camp in Coral Gables Florida for seven years. He has been a festival clinician in Arizona, California, Nevada and Florida. He is also the Artistic Director of the Phoenix Children's Chorus. He has held this position since 1993.
Throughout his career Mr. Carpenter's choirs have consistently earned superior ratings at choral festivals. His choirs have been selected to perform for the Arizona Music Educators Association (AMEA) on nine separate occasions. In 1997, the Hendrix Junior High School Concert Choir was selected to perform for the Western Division of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). Under his direction the Phoenix Children's Chorus earned Bronze at the World Choral Olympics in Linz, Austria in 2000 and Silver in Bremen, Germany in 2004. His choirs have also performed concerts in Ireland, Russia, Mexico, Canada, China and throughout the United States.
Mr. Carpenter is an active member of the ACDA and the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and has held offices in both organizations. He has presented on the topic of junior high vocal warm-ups, junior high choral literature and managing the choral classroom at AMEA Conferences.