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FullScore Chamber Orchestra

Ron Arden
Artistic Director

Ron Arden – Artistic Director, resides in Zion and serves as conductor and contractor for FullScore. His vision for the arts is well known in Zion and surrounding communities as he has built diverse programs attracting hundreds of loyal listeners. Ron is a professional violist/singer/actor/conductor and for over 20 years has specialized in worship consultation and practices. He and his wife Cynthia, concertmaster for FullScore, travel the country lecturing and concertizing in colleges and churches.

Ron Arden received his musical training at Butler University in Indianapolis, a Masters from the University of Nebraska in viola performance, and did doctoral work at the University of Houston in voice and viola. A "renaissance man" in the truest sense, for over 25 years he has performed, taught, and conducted as an artist of the first rank.

Orchestral viola experience includes the Omaha Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, Lincoln Symphony, Houston Bach Society, Houston Grand Opera, The Florida Philharmonic, and Symphony of the Americas in Fort Lauderdale. Vocal/acting experience includes performance as a free-lance artist in Omaha, with Houston Grand Opera, and Class Act Broadway touring company of South Florida.

Ron has taught private voice and viola in each of the cities mentioned above as well as being featured teacher for Elderhostel Continuing Education programs. Presently he is an adjunct violin/viola instructor at Lake Forest College, teaches voice and barbershop quartet at Barrington High School, and has an active music studio at home.

He and his wife have toured the country for over 25 years and have three recordings from their concert ministry A Cross Between. They have two children, Nikolas and Ivan and reside in Zion, Illinois where Ron spent five years as Minister of Music, Worship, and Drama at Christ Community Church. Besides orchestrating worship there, he was the artistic director of the Zion Passion Play, Dean of the Zion Conservatory, and music director of the Zion Chamber Orchestra - twice awarded by the Illinois Council of Orchestras.

In 2003 Ron helped found and became music director of FullScore, an ensemble of professional singers and instrumentalists on Chicago's North Shore. FullScore was the first orchestra invited to the renovated Genesee Theater in Waukegan and accompanies national artists there.

Ron is sought as a musical director and works as a consultant on the arts in worship. Enjoying a diversity of performing and conducting experience, his reputation for instilling excellence and artistry into musicians is his deepest passion. From classical to Broadway, barbershop to gospel, Ron comfortably communicates the beauty of great music.

Maestro Arden is also music director of the North Suburban Symphony in Lake Forest/Lake Bluff, Illinois. Under his baton the critics and audience agree on the future of both FullScore Chamber Orchestra and the NSS: "every concert just gets better," "there is a renewed passion and commitment," "good things are ahead for this orchestra."





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