The American tenor, composer, choral conductor, and music pedagogue, Roland (Ron) A. Turner, obtained his Bachlor of Art degree from Charleston Southern University, his Master of Music degree from Converse College, and the Doctor of Musical Arts from Southern Seminary in voice performance and church music.
As a singer, Ronald Turner performed as tenor soloist in recitals and oratorio appearances in the Louisville area, throughout the southeast, and in England.
As a composer, Ronald Turner has had works published by eight publishers, as well as liturgical works that were performed on a recurring basis for several years at Londonís St. Paulís Cathedral, where he was Visiting Scholar in Church Music during the 1993-1994 academic year. His compositional output includes hymn tunes, liturgical psalm settings, anthems, as well as pieces for organ, piano, and handbells.
As a conductor, Ronald Turner has led church choirs for fifty years, as well as at various times conducting Southern Seminaryís Male Chorale, its Oratorio Chorus, the Kentucky Baptist Chorale, and the Kentucky Opera Chorus. He was Minister of Music for Deer Park Baptist Church from 1973 to 1993, Minister of Music and Organist of Louisvilleís First Lutheran Church from 1994 to 2004, and in 2004 he returned to Deer Park Baptist Church as Minister of Music and Worship, where he again works with his talented wife, organist/pianist Dr. Sandra Chucalo Turner, Professor of Church Music and Chair of Keyboard at Southern Seminary.
Ronald Turner retired as the Carolyn King Ragan Professor of Church Music at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he taught for 37 years. He was Chair of Voice and Chair of Music Theory at Southern.