Ronald Carter

Ronald Carter currently holds a Professor of Music position at Northern Illinois University, serving as the Director of the Jazz Studies and director of the NIU Jazz Ensemble. He also serves as Program Director for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Band Director Academy.Mr. Carter has facilitated workshops as a guest conductor, artist, clinician, and adjudicator for colleges and universities nationwide. He has also directed All-State Jazz Bands for Illinois, Indiana, Rhode Island, Missouri, Texas, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa, Tennessee, Maine, Kentucky, Arkansas, Arizona, Vermont, and Kansas.Mr. Carter spent over 18 years in the St. Louis Metropolitan area as both an educator and as a professional musician. He has performed professionally with Clark Terry, Lou Rawls, Jimmy Dorsey, Frank Mantooth, Terell Stafford, Orbert Davis, and many others. An abbreviated list of his honors and awards include Downbeat Magazine's Hall of Fame and the 1991 Milken National Distinguished Educator Award. Dr. Carter's publications include Swingin' On The Bars and Teaching Music Through Performance Through in Jazz. Currently, Mr. Carter serves as the director for the South Shore Cultural Center Summer Youth Jazz Ensemble in Chicago, Educational Consultant for Jazz at Lincoln Center, Program Director for Jazz at Lincoln Center Band Director's Academy, and Artist Clinician/Educational Specialist for Conn/Selmer, Inc.