Ron Brendel Gives Faculty Recital Oct. 23

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - by Erin Weeks, Lee University
Ron Brendel
Ron Brendel

Ron Brendel, assistant professor of voice at Lee University, will perform a faculty recital on Oct. 23. The recital will take place in the Squires Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.

The recital will be an evening consisting entirely of German music representing the works of Schumann, Brahms, Liszt and Britten.

“While I am an opera and oratorio singer, I love the recital format and have a special interest in what is known as German ‘lieder,’ which simply means ‘songs,’ so I have wanted to do this kind of program for a long time,” said Mr. Brendel.

Review for Ron Brendel:
The performances of tenor Ron Brendel have been heralded as “effortlessly professional… strongly lyric…memorable” in opera, oratorio and recital. He made his Carnegie Hall debut as tenor soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass.

In opera, Mr. Brendel shines brightest in the Mozart tenor roles of Cosi fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte, and Der Shauspieldirektor. He is equally at home in the contemporary operas of Britten, most notably The Turn of the Screw and Owen Wingrave. Other roles include Goro, Ferrando, Alfred and Ernesto and many others.

He has many oratorio appearances to his credit. He has sung with the Treasure Coast Opera, Springfield Regional Opera, South Florida Opera, the Lakeland Imperial Symphony, Central Florida Bach Festival, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Bar Harbor Arts Festival and others.

“…I believe that it is essential for me to continue to perform…as a teacher of an applied skill, it is important for me personally to continue to hone my talent/skill, but in an educational setting it is also important to be seen performing. For me, it is both a call and a duty,” said Mr. Brendel.

Mr. Brendel has presented conference papers on aspects of Britten’s vocal music at College Music Society conferences and the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, as well as the University of South Florida and the University of Miami.

Mr. Brendel holds a bachelor's degree in Music Education from Evangel College in Springfield, Mo., and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in voice performance from Temple University in Philadelphia, where he was awarded a full scholarship for doctoral work.

Mr. Brendel lives with his wife, coloratura soprano Cheryl Brendel, also Lee faculty, and their daughter Anna Marie in Cleveland.

The recital is open to the public and free of charge. For more information, contact the Lee University School of Music at 614-8240 or by email at

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