Dr. Greg Ramsdell serves as the director of Choral Activities. In this capacity, he conducts the Concert Choir, the Chamber Singers and the Singing Collegians. In addition to his conducting responsibilities, he teaches courses in conducting and secondary choral methods. As the Undergraduate Music Education coordinator, Dr. Ramsdell arranges all placements for field experiences for music students. At the graduate level, he teaches courses in curriculum development, research in music education and music theory.
Dr. Ramsdell received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in music education from Bowling Green State University. In 2006, he earned his doctorate in choral conducting performance with honors from the University of Kansas. His DMA document, Paradise Lost and Regained: Poetic and Music Images of Paradise, Sin, and Redemption in Mid-20th Century Choral Settings of Cecilia Odes by Benjamin Britten and Norman Dello Joio, was nominated for the Julius Herford Prize, the award given to the outstanding doctoral terminal research project in choral music.
For 10 years, Greg taught junior high general music and oversaw a large, successful junior high and high school choral music program in Greenville, Pa. Students under his direction were selected by competitive audition to sing in the Pennsylvania All-State Chorus and regional honor choirs of the American Choral Directors Association and Music Educators National Conference. At the college level, Dr. Ramsdell has previously held teaching positions at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., and at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Ark.
Dr. Ramsdell has conducted junior high and high school honor choirs in Colorado, Kansas and Ohio and has adjudicated large ensemble choral contests in Arkansas, Kansas and Ohio. His research has been presented at state and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. For two years, he served as a Praxis III assessor in Arkansas and Ohio. During the spring of 2011, Dr. Ramsdell received Terra Community College’s Distinguished Choral Leadership Award.
He currently resides in Tiffin with his wife, Cynthia, and their four children.