Ronald Foster: Composer/Conductor


Welcome to Ronald Foster Music! From my first recording session at Hollywood's Capitol Records, at age 17, to the present, I've been very fortunate to live my life pursuing what I love. Music has taken me from California to Texas, Colorado, New York, and for the past 18 years, to Shorewood, Wisconsin, on Lake Michigan. Photos on this site were taken at Atwater Beach, near my home, where I've received inspiration for much of my music.

Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with my website. You'll find a wide variety of music, from earlier jazz pieces to symphonic and chamber works, my primary focus for the past two decades. Artists and ensembles that I've been honored to have commission, perform, and/or record my music include Aureole, Heidi Grant Murphy, Doc Severinsen, Milwaukee Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Colorado Springs Symphony, and the Woody Herman Orchestra, reflecting the broad nature of my musical pursuits.

As a conductor, it's been my great privilege to work with many fine American orchestras, including the Milwaukee Symphony, Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, Charleston Symphony, Colorado Springs Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, Traverse Symphony, and many others. Now, as Co-Artistic Director of An Evening at the Ballet (with Mireille Favarel), a symphonic program for dancers and orchestra inaugurated during the 2013-14 season, we will be bringing the world of ballet and symphonic ballet music to orchestras and audiences here and abroad. For more information, please visit AnEveningAtTheBallet.com.

 

One of the joys of a diverse musical career is collaborating with a wide variety of highly-gifted artists. In addition to working with wonderful orchestral, chamber, and jazz musicians, as a conductor and woodwind performer I've had the opportunity to share thestage with some of the country's most beloved entertainers and performers, including Bob Hope, Sammy Davis, Jr., Shirley Jones, Doc Severinsen, Andy Williams, Debbie Reynolds, Johnny Mathis, Rita Moreno, Red Skelton, Judy Collins, Lou Rawls, Barbara Cook, Jack Jones, Red Buttons, Diahann Carroll, Rosemary Clooney, Al Martino, Gordon MacRae, John Denver, Natalie Cole, Michael Feinstein, Louis Bellson, and Gary Burton. Professional woodwind opera and show credits: Verdi's Aida, Don Pasquale, Hydrogen Jukebox, Les Miserables (Broadway), Big (Broadway), Chicago, Evita, 42nd Street, Guys & Dolls, The Wizard of Oz, The Producers, The Sound of Music, Anything Goes, Peter Pan, The World Goes Round, The All Night Strut, Fiddler on the Roof, The Pirates of Penzance, Victor Victoria, Animal Crackers, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The King and I, HMS Pinafore, Hello Dolly, Fiorello, Iolanthe, White Christmas, I Do! I Do!, Grease, Little House on the Prairie, Legally Blonde, Young Frankenstein, Wicked, The Music Man, West Side Story, Sunday in the Park with George, Billy Elliot, Avenue Q, In the Heights, and Hair.

I'm grateful for the opportunity to positively influence younger generations of composers through the Milwaukee Symphony Arts in Community Education (ACE) program, and the Present Music-Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra John Downey Creation Project. It's a way to give back to the musical community, in appreciation for all the help and encouragement given to me by countless mentors, composers, conductors, teachers, and professors.

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