Ronald Nelson

1986 F. Melius Christiansen Lifetime Achievement Award
Ronald Nelson

Ronald Nelson graduated from St. Olaf College summa cum laude and earned his Masters degree from the University of Wisconsin. He taught vocal music in public school and directed church choirs in Illinois. Since 1955 he has been director of music at Westwood Lutheran Church where he directs eight choirs and runs a choir school which includes graded studies in sightsinging, worship and the arts, as well as rehearsals.

Nelson has been active as a clinician at many festivals, music institutes and choir camps in 36 states and four Canadian provinces. He served on the Hymn Music Committee for the Lutheran Book of Worship and wrote one of the musical settings of the Service of Holy Communion. He was project consultant for the American Lutheran Church and Augsburg Publishing House in the preparation of the Alleluia Series. He has served on the board of the National Choristers Guild and the board of the Twin Cities Choirmasters Association.

Recordings of the Westwood Choristers have been used around the country to provide a model for children's singing. Nelson currently has 32 anthems and arrangements and three cantatas in print, and has published articles in professional music journals.