William Ramsey

Address: 595 Juneberry Lane, Okemos, MI 48864-4127
Telephone Number: (517) 347-7517 (home) | (517) 974-3193 (cell)
FAX: (517) 655-2723
Date of Birth: June 28, 1937
Martial Status: Married since 1958 to Phyllis Robinette Ramsey
Children: Cheryl Ramsey Garcia, (b. 1961); William Christopher Ramsey, (b. 1962); David Thomas Ramsey, (b. 1962)


Columbia University, New York City, Ed.D., 1963
Union Theological Seminary, School of Sacred Music, New York City 1959-61. S.M.M., 1961, Cum Laude
Juilliard School of Music, New York City, 1959-61
Dalcroze School of Music, New York City, 1960-61
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, B.M., 1959
San Diego State College, San Diego, California, Summers 1957-58
Somerset High School, Somerset, Kentucky, Graduated, 1955
Other: study with Elaine Brown, (Philadelphia); Robert Fountain, (Oberlin); Thomas Dunn, (New York); Robert Shaw; Julius Hereford; Roger Wagner; John Wustman; Hugh Ross; Sergius Kagen; Hans Joachim Heinz; Aimo Kiviniemi; Renata Heredia-Capnist, (Rome Italy); Luigi Ricci, (Rome Italy)



California State University Chico, Chico, California, Professor Emeritus (1998-present); Professor of Music 1993-1998, Director of Choral Activities. University Personnel Committee (1994, 1995), College Personnel Committee (1995-6), Scholarship Committee, Library Book Chairman, Music Theater Committee, College Leave Committee

Stanford University, Stanford California, Professor Emeritus (1994-present); Professor of Music (1975-1994), Director of Choral Activities, Orchestral Conductor, Chairman of the Voice Committee, Chairman of the Concert Committee, Member of the Graduate Committee, Director of Graduate Studies in Choral Music, Member of the Tressider Memorial Union Board, Member of the Stanford Bookstore Board, Member of the Dean's Committee on the Arts, Resident Fellow

University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky; Visiting Professor of Music, 1987-88.

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Visiting Professor of Music, Summer, 1984

Utah State University, Logan, Utah; Professor of Music and Director of Vocal/Choral Activities, 1966-1975. Professor of the Year, 1970

Kentucky Southern College, Louisville, Kentucky; Assistant Professor of Music and Chairman of the Department of Music, 1963-66

The Universal Academy for Music, Princeton, New Jersey; Conductor, Concert Choir, 1971-1976 Performances in Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Constitution Hall, Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall (London), Basilica di Massenzio (Rome), Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano (Rome), Notre Dame Cathedral (Paris), etc.

University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming; Guest Conductor

University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Manila, Philippines; Visiting Professor.

Administrative Experience:

Stanford University, Stanford, California; Director of Choral/Vocal Activities, Chairman of the Voice Committee, 1975-1993, Acting Chairman of the Music Department, summers 1977-78, Chairman of the concert Committee, 1978-80, 1989. 1992, Resident Fellow, Florence Moore Hall, 1983-87.

California State University, Chico, Director of Choral/Vocal Division 1993-2000

Utah State University, Logan Utah; Chairman, Vocal/Choral Division, 1966-75.

Kentucky Southern College, Louisville, Kentucky; Chairman, Department of Music 1963-66.

Universal Academy for Music, Princeton, New Jersey; Artistic Director and Conductor, 1971-76.

Performing Experience:

Carnegie Hall Solo Debut, Baritone, 1962

Associate Conductor, Cantata Singers, New York City, 1961-63

Associate Conductor, Festival Chorus and Orchestra, 1961-63

Associate Conductor, Mid-Summer Music Festival in Lincoln Center, 1963

Conductor, Summit Chorale and Orchestra, Summit New Jersey, 1961-63

Associate Conductor and Soloist, Church of the Incarnation, New York City, 1959-63

Contributing Conductor, International Choral Festival, Lincoln Center, New York City, 1973

Assistant Conductor, Festival Chorus and Orchestra, New York City, 1962-63

Contributing Conductor, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin 1986

Guest Conductor, Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, 1993, 1994

Conductor and Artistic Director, Anchorage Festival of Music, 1995-1998

Guest Conductor, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra

Guest Conductor, Mormon Tabernacle Choir Broadcast, 1995

Soloist and Singer for various events in Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Lincoln Center, New York City, 1959-63. Recordings with Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, Robert Craft, Thomas Dunn, Hugh Ross, Elaine Brown, Jester Hairston, Paul Hindemith

Soloist for various other musical events in the New York Metropolitan Area, 1959-63 Soloist with Robert Shaw, Roger Wagner, Helmut Rilling, the Minnesota Symphony, the Utah Symphony, the San Jose Symphony, the Marin Symphony, the Oakland Symphony, the Mid- Summer Mozart Festival, the Spokane Symphony, the Villa Montalvo Music Festival, the California Bach Society, the Modesto Symphony, the Chico Symphony, the Carmel Bach Festival, Philippine National Television--recital, soloist with various musical organizations throughout the United States, Europe, and the Far East

Guest Conductor of various All-State Honor Choirs, including Ohio, Utah, Alabama, Idaho, Kentucky, Wyoming, Oregon, Montana, and various Festival Choruses/Orchestras throughout the United States, the Philippine Philharmonic with the University of the Philippines Concert Choir, the Saint Hedwig's Chor in Berlin, Germany.

Director, All Saints Episcopal Church, East Lansing, MI 2009-2010.

Tours planned, arranged, and executed:

Eight International tours with the Universal Academy for Music, Princeton, New Jersey, and Stanford University. Performed in: The University of Haifa, Israel, The Church of the Sermon on the Mount in Galilee, the Kfar Blum Kibutz, the Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth, the Church of the Ascension, Jerusalem, the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, St. George's Cathedral in Jerusalem, Jerusalem Theater (for the International Choral Festival), St. Peter's Basilica, Basilica Massenzio, San Giovanni in Laterano, San Paulo dentro Muro, Basilica di San Lorenzo in Damaso, all in Rome, Chiesa di Ognissanti, Il Duomo (Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiori), Basilica di San Lorenzo, all in Florence, Basilica di San Marco, Chiesa di San Stae, Chiesa di Santa Maria Glorioso dei Frari, all in Venice, ORF 1, National Television in Austria, the Philharmonie with the Berlin Philharmonic and the St. Hedwig's Chor, Berlin, Gelehrntenschule des Johanneums, Hamburg, the Aachen Cathedral, Aachen, Gasteig Kulturzentrum, Munich, the Alte Aule for the 600th anniversary of the founding of the University of Heidelberg, the Salzburg Cathedral, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Brussels, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, l'Eglise de la Madeleine, Paris, Royal Albert Hall, Westminster Hall, Westminster Abbey, London, Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. In addition, I have performed for the President of the United States, the Pope, Ambassadors to Israel, Germany, Italy, and the Philippines. The Stanford Chorale was heard live in performance during its 1985/86 tour by 40,000 people, and appeared on Radio (BBC) and television ORF 1, Austria, international TV (ABC in the USA) from manger Square in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve, 1985, and the Armed Forces Network.


The American Choral Directors Association (Vice President, Northern California)
National Association of Teachers of Singing (Utah President)
The Music Educators' National Conference (Vice President, Utah)
National Association of Community Schools of Music, National Board of Advisors
California Arts Council


Schubert: Mass in C Major, Op. 48, G. Schirmer, editor
Michael Haydn: Tenebrae factae sunt, European American Music, editor
Mendelssohn: Auf dem See, European American Music, editor
Stevens: Ye Spotted Snakes, Utah State University Music Press, editor
Schütz: Four Psalms of Praise, Utah State University Music Press, editor
How Firm a Foundation, European American Music, arranger
Promised Land, European American Music, arranger
I Will Arise and Go to Jesus, European American Music, arranger
Music reviews in Notes, Music Library Association, December, 1961
The Physiology of the Production of Sound, American Book Company
The Joy of Rehearsal, American Book Company
Passion Music, the Encyclopedia Americana


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