Ron Carter - NIU - School of Music

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Ron CarterRon Carter

Professor Emeritus
M.A., University of Illinois

Ronald Carter was the director of the world-renowned NIU Jazz Ensemble and the Coordinator of Jazz Studies at NIU.

Carter has presented workshops as guest conductor, artist, clinician, or adjudicator at Michigan State University, Georgia State University, Western Illinois University, University of Northern Colorado, Iowa State University, University of Kansas, Southern Illinois University, University of Illinois, University of Iowa, Northern Illinois University, Hampton University, Loyola University, Coe College, Augustana College, VanderCook College of Music, and Georgia State College.  He has performed these same duties at numerous high schools and at regional, national, and international conferences.  He has also directed all-state jazz bands in Illinois, Indiana, Rhode Island, Missouri, Texas, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Kentucky, Vermont, Arizona, Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Washington.

Ron Carter spent over 18 years in the St. Louis metropolitan area as an educator and professional freelance musician on saxophone, clarinet, flute, and as a vocalist.  He co-directed the group Infiniti and performed with the George Hudson Orchestra.  Carter has also performed professionally with Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Lena Horne, Lou Rawls, the Jimmy Dorsey Band, Wallace Roney, Terell Stafford, the Temptations, the Dells, Oliver Lake, Hamiett Bluiett, Leon Thomas, Art Davis, Fareed Haque, Joseph Bowie, Frank Mantooth, Delbert Bernadella, Byron Bowie, Orbert Davis, Carl Allen, and many others.

An abbreviated list of his honors and awards includes Downbeat Magazine’s Jazz Educators Hall of Fame, The Woody Herman Music Award (Birch Creek Music Center), the 1991 Milken National Distinguished Educator Award, Southern Illinois University Excellence in Teaching Award, and the St. Louis American newspaper’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

Carter’s current projects include Chicago Jazz  Education Project (CJEP); International Consultant for the Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York;  Program Director for the Jazz At Lincoln Center Band Director Academy; Member of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic; Co-Author for Alfred Publications “Swingin’ On The Bars;" and GIA Music Publications “Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz.”

Carter is currently a Conn/Selmer Instrument Artist Clinician/Educational Specialist.