Ronald (Ron) Coulter
125 College Drive
Casper, WY 82601
B.M., Youngstown State University
M.M., Youngstown State University
Ron Coulter is currently Instructor of Percussion, Improvisation, and World Music Studies at Casper College. He previously served as Senior Lecturer of Percussion, Improvisation, and Jazz Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale for a decade and as a Visiting Professor of Percussion Clarion University of Pennsylvania. He taught as an Adjunct Instructor of Percussion at John A. Logan College, Westminster College, and Youngstown State University. He has presented clinics, master classes, lectures, and/or performances at more than 80 colleges and universities internationally as a visiting artist. In 2006 Ron was invited to become an Educational Endorser with the Promark Corporation and Black Swamp Percussion.
Ron has been a freelance percussionist since 1997, performing in a wide range of musical situations from burlesque cabaret to live electronica. As a performer, he has toured internationally appearing in 44 U.S. states, the European Union, Norway, Croatia, and most major cities in Canada and Japan. He has performed with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Harry James Orchestra, Tone Road Ramblers, Four Aces, Linux Laptop Orchestra, Tatsuya Nakatani, Gino Robair, Michael Zerang, Chris Corsano, New Arts Jazztet, Sean Jones, Keith Javors, Al Martino, One-Off Radiophonic Orchestra, Donadi, The Gaylords, Galen Abdur-Razzaq, Marvin Stamm, Dominick Farinacci, Joanne Brackeen, Bruce Johnstone, Sony Holland, Maria Schneider, Chuck Mangione, Lucy Shelton, Susan Botti, Julia Rich, Cristina Fontanelli, Beat Kaestli, Nick Hilscher, Bryan Anthony, Steve Lippia, Dick Johnson, Eric Mandat, James Falzone, Francois Houle, William O. Smith, Bolokada Condé, Weedie Braimah, Erica Azim, Marvin Hamlisch, Sandy Duncan, Robert Van Sice, Sylvia Smith, HaZMaT Percussion Group, The Chance Operations Collective of Kalamazoo, The Woodbox Gang, Rapture 7, Sam West Trio, The Well Well Wells, and Rum Runners, among others.
Ron is a co-founder of the Percussion Art Ensemble and the Youngstown Percussion Collective, and in 2005 he founded the Perkusiv Arts Elektronik; an ongoing series of sound events exploring the performance of existing, and the creation of new, electro-acoustic music, including 69 world premiers to date. Other performance credits include the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, Paducah Symphony, Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, Southern Illinois Symphony, Music from China, Southern Illinois Music Festival Orchestra, Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, Warren Packard Band, Altgeld Chamber Players, and the Shenango Valley Lyric Opera.
Ron has presented at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (2013, 2003, 2002), International Society for Improvised Music Symposium (2009 & 2008), Montreal Jazz Festival (2009 & 2004), JVC Jazz Festival, International Clarinetfest, ReVIEWING Black Mountain College 3–John Cage, NIME, LiWoLi, Blurred Edges Festival, Athena Festival VI, Futurisms Centennial Conference, Sound Lines, RadiaLx, a.pe.ri.od.ic Music Series-John Cage Festival, nief-norf’s John Cage Research Summit, St. Louis New Music Circle (2012 & 2010), Jazz Education Network International Conference, Big Muddy Film Festival (2011 & 2010), UNCG New Music Festival, Outside the Box New Music Festivals (2014-2007), U.S. Army Band Tuba/Euphonium International Conference, College Music Society National Conference (2012 & 2008), American College Dance Festival Association Conference, Music Educators National Conference, and numerous state and regional Music Education Association conferences, among others. Ron was also selected as a finalist in the 2002 Percussive Arts Society International Multiple Percussion Competition and can be heard on more than 20 issued audio recordings with various artists.
Interests in noise, intermedia, performance art, acoustic ecology, radio art, interdisciplinary collaboration, and non-idiomatic improvisation have led to the creation of the Southern Illinois Improvisation Series (SiiS), Improvisation Unit, organizing Fluxusconcerts, co-founding REDVIXA, duende entendre, and Marble Hammer, as well as collaborative projects with artists specializing in performance art, video, spoken word, and sound art. The SiiS was a monthly concert series (2007-2014) presenting 135 sound events exploring interdisciplinary collaboration, technology integration, site-specific work, sound installations, sound empowerment, education, and documentation in the rural southern Illinois region. REDVIXA is a sound-performance art duo with performancer Violet Juno, and duende entendre is a collaboration with poet and bassist, Sam West. Additional interdisciplinary collaborators include Mary Beth Edelson, Terry Adkins, Kerry Laitala, Jay Needham, Wago Krieder, Craig Gingrich-Philbrook, and Boris Chesakov.
As a composer, Ron has created more than 230 original compositions for various media encompassing numerous genres. His compositions have been performed throughout North America, South America, Europe, and have been recorded on the Kreating SounD and A Caldera record labels; selected scores and editions are published by Kreating SounD, HoneyRock Publishing, Frog Peak Music, and Smith Publications.
Ron’s musicological research has unearthed more than twenty unknown percussion works from the 1930s and 1940s, of which he is facilitating premiere live performances, recordings, and publication as audio CDs and/or scores, in addition to forthcoming analytical articles.
As a curator, Ron has organized more than 300 public presentations of music and intermedia art involving more than 100 artists across a multitude of disciplines. At present he is the Instrumental Director of the Kinser Jazz Festival.
Originally from Hermitage, Pennsylvania, Ron Coulter (b. 1978) was raised on a dairy farm and eventually earned M.M. and B.M. degrees in Percussion Performance from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. His principle teachers include Dr. Glenn Schaft, Tony Leonardi, Dr. Stephen Gage, Feza Zweifel, John Riley, Fred Morris, Bolokada Condé, Caution Shonhai, Erica Azim, and Nina DeCiancio.