Director of Jazz Studies At Northern Illinois University
Midwest Coordinator and consultant for Essentially Ellington
Director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Band Director Academy
Ronald Carter currently holds the position of Professor of Music at Northern Illinois University serving as the Director of the Jazz Studies Program and director the NIU Jazz Ensemble.
Carter also serves as Lead Artist for Jazz At Lincoln Center Band Director Academy, New York, NY, and Education Consultant for the Essentially Ellington Program.
Carter, has facilitated workshops as guest conductor, artist, clinician, or adjudicator for colleges and Universities all over theUSA. He has also directed All State Jazz Bands for the states of Illinois, Indiana, Rhode Island, Missouri, Texas, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa, Tennessee, Maine, Indiana, Kentucky, Arkansas, Arizona, Vermont, Kansas, Washington, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Oregon.
Carter spent over 18 years in the St. Louis Metropolitan area as both an educator and as a professional musician. Carter has performed professionally with Clark Terry, Lou Rawls, the Jimmy Dorsey, Frank Mantooth, Terell Stafford, Orbert Davis, Rodney Whitaker and many others.
An abbreviated list of his honors and awards include Downbeat Magazine’s Hall of Fame, the 1991 Milken National Distinguished Educator Award, Jazz Unites- Chicago “We Love You Madly” Jazz Award, NIU Board of Trustees Professorship Award. Carter’s current projects include, “Swinging On The Bars” Alfred Publications, “Teaching Music Through Performance Through in Jazz” GIA Publications, currently, Educational Consultant for Jazz at Lincoln Center, Lead Artist for Jazz at Lincoln Center Band Director’s Academy, Artist Clinician / Educational Specialist for Conn/Selmer Inc. Elkhart, Indiana USA and D’Addario Inc. (Rico Reeds).
Recently, Carter has performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival and the Bogata, Colombia “Jazz in the Parques” Jazz Jestival.