WAUKESHA, WIS.— By day, Ronald Foster is an instructor at Carroll University, sharing Cultural Perspectives of Music in the Movies. By night, he is an award-winning composer, currently working on a piece for an unaccompanied solo cello that will be premiered in spring 2014.
He recently received a Plus Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, an honor he has received annually since 1992. The awards are granted by an independent panel and are based upon the unique prestige value of each writer’s catalog of original compositions, as well as recent performances in areas not surveyed by the society.
This award was in recognition of Foster’s “Summertime Fantasy for Flute and Orchestra (after Gershwin),” which was performed in October 2012 by the Michigan Philharmonic. The work is based on George Gershwin’s “Summertime” and was commissioned in 1990. It was recorded by the Charleston Symphony in 1996, and has been performed over two dozen times by orchestras throughout the U.S., including the Milwaukee and Fort Worth symphonies.
Foster’s latest composition will be performed by the St. Luke’s Chamber Series in Racine, Wis., with soloist Laura Deming, of Chicago’s Lyric Opera Orchestra. He is artistic director of the series.
Foster has taught at Carroll for five years. He previously was an adjunct professor of composition at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has worked with younger generations of composers through the Milwaukee Symphony Arts in Community Education program, and the Present Music-Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra John Downey Creation Project.
In fall 2013, Ronald Foster Music launched, “An Evening at the Ballet,” developed with Mireille Favarel. Foster is co-artistic director and conductor of this symphonic program for dancers and orchestra.
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