© 2018 by RON CASTONGUAY.

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BIOGRAPHY

RON CASTONGUAY (b. 1971) is an educator, musician, composer, conductor and performer.  He is currently in his 1st year as Director of the Arts at The Gunnery in Washington, Connecticut, after spending 23 years at Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami, Florida, where he was the Department Chair for the Performing Arts and Music Director.  He directed String Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Vocal Ensemble and AP Music Theory. He has also taught a self-created course titled Jazz Theory & Improvisation as well as IB Music SL & HL. His ensembles from Gulliver Prep have earned consistent top marks at District, State and National Music Festivals.
 
He received his bachelor's degree in Music Theory & Composition from the University of Miami (FL.) in 1993. He is an active member of the Florida Orchestra Association, Florida Vocal Association, Florida Bandmasters’ Association, Florida Music Educators’ Association, Florida American String Teachers Association, Florida Schools Music Association and the Music Educators’ National Conference. Ron is a certified educator in the state of Florida for Music k-12.
 
In addition to his conducting and music education career, Ron is also a professional saxophonist and published composer with Leap Year Publishing.  Although new to formal publications of his works, Ron's compositions have been performed numerous times and span a wide array of genres, including a debut of one of his choral works, "Trust In The Mercy Of Your God," by the University of Miami's Chorale under the direction Jo-Michael Scheibe, as well as an entire concert of his own compositions and arrangements at the University of Miami's Gusman Hall in 2009 by a variety of ensembles in the wind, choral, string and jazz idioms. His compositions are currently available at JWPepper.com.
 
As a saxophonist, Ron has released two self-produced CDs of original music in the jazz genre; Subtle Touch (’98) and On The Right Track (’08). His music is available on Pandora, Spotify, iTunes, and CDBaby.
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Ron resides in Homestead, Florida with his wife Melissa, and their two daughters.

Notable Conducting Venues

  • Graceland Performing Arts Center, Memphis, TN

    • Wind, String, Vocal and Jazz Ensembles

  • National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN

    • Vocal Ensemble

  • Hard Rock Restaurant, Memphis, TN

    • Jazz Ensemble

  • BB King’s Restaurant, Orlando, FL

    • Jazz Ensemble

  • Strathmore Center for the Performing Arts, MD

    • Wind, String, Vocal and Jazz Ensembles

  • Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center, Miami, FL

    • Professional Orchestra for run of "Into The Woods," Carnival Theater

  • Lincoln Center Avery Fisher Hall, NYC

    • Wind, String and Vocal Ensembles

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Allen Room, NYC

    • Jazz Ensemble

  • Osceola Center for the Performing Arts, FL

    • Wind, String, Jazz and Vocal Ensembles

  • Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, GA

    • Wind, String, Jazz and Vocal Ensembles

  • Carnegie Hall, NYC

    • Wind, String and Vocal Ensembles

  • Atrium outside The Metropolitan, NYC

    • Jazz Ensemble

  • Walt Disney World & Universal Studios, FL

    • Wind, String, Jazz and Vocal Ensembles

  • Performances with National Music Festivals

    • Wind, String, Symphonic, Jazz and Vocal Ensembles

      • WorldStrides Heritage Festival of Gold, Dixie Classic National Adjudicators’ Invitational, OrlandFest, MemphisFest, Battle of the Jazz Bands, Lakeside Jazz Festival and others

Achievements and Accolades

  • 17 Consecutive years of Consistent Superior Ratings (MPA and Solo & Ensemble Festivals)

    • Florida Orchestra Association’s District/State Music Performance Assessments for String Ensemble

    • Florida Bandmasters’ Association’s District/State Music Performance Assessments for Wind Ensemble

    • Florida Bandmasters’ Association’s District/State Music Performance Assessments for Jazz Ensemble

    • Florida Vocal Association’s District/State Music Performance Assessments for Concert Choir

  • 21 Consecutive years of attendance to the Music Educators National In-Service Conference in Tampa, FL

  • 21 Consecutive years of student participation in the Florida All-State Music Festival across all ensemble genres

  • Student selection to NAfME All-National Ensembles (Orchestra and Chorus) – 2015, 2016, 2017

  • Conducted the professional run of “Into The Woods” at the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center in Miami, FL

    • 28 performances, January – February, 2015

    • Responsibilities included attaining/auditioning orchestra musicians, rehearsals, score editing/adaptation, performances

  • Music Theory & Ensemble Director at the University of Miami’s 2004 Summer Choral Camp

  • Performed Alto Saxophone solo with the Miami Symphony for the performance of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody In Blue”