By Suzanne Weiss/Director of Public Relations
MANITOWOC, WIs. — Dr. Ron Rivero plans to grow Silver Lake College’s instrumental music program, just as he did when he served as director of bands and orchestras at South Dade High School, a new magnet performing arts academy in Miami, Florida.In only two years, he said he tripled enrollment and completely overhauled the curriculum, creating one of the most comprehensive and competitive music programs in Florida.
“We are looking for high-quality growth at Silver Lake College,” said Dr. Rivero, the college’s new assistant professor of instrumental music. “We hope to have a full student-run ensemble in the near future. That will help put us on the map so we attract students from all over the country.”
Dr. Rivero conducts the Silver Lake Wind Ensemble and Concert Jazz Ensemble, teaches music education and gives applied oboe lessons. He is currently preparing his students for Christmas at Silver Lake on Sunday, Dec. 4, his first holiday concert with the college. The concert will showcase the talents of the college’s vocal and instrumental groups at 2:30 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.
He described his role as conductor: “My art is a silent one. I move my hands in the air and that translates to symbols that speak to the musicians.”
Dr. Rivero said he introduces his musicians to high-quality literature, pieces that have stood the test of time and are considered to be masterworks.
In the classroom, his aim is to engage students and empower them, he said.
Among his initiatives to attract music students to the college is the creation of the Midwest Honor Band Festival in late February, designed to draw high school students from Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois..
“This will give students an opportunity to get acquainted with the college’s first-rate professors and to perform in the wonderful concert hall in the college’s beautiful new music building,” Dr. Rivero said.
He recently completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.
Dr. Rivero holds a Master of Music in wind conducting from the University of New Mexico, and a Bachelor of Arts from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.
He was appointed assistant conductor of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble for the 2014-15 season and reappointed associate conductor for the 2015-16 season.
Dr. Rivero has studied with master wind conducting pedagogues, Gary Green, Eric Rombach-Kendall and Glenn Price.
He continues to serve as an adjudicator and guest clinician across the United States and Europe, performing diverse works ranging from Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” to most recently Steve Reich’s Pulitzer Prize-winning composition, “Double Sextet.”
Dr. Rivero has served as principal oboist with several ensembles including performances in the United States, Italy, Austria and Singapore.
He is a member of the College Orchestra Directors Association, the College Band Directors National Association, the Conductors Guild and the National Association for Music Education.