Title: Professor, Musician
Company: Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Location: Somerset, Pennsylvania, United States
Ronald Horner, Professor and Musician at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of music education.
An excellent musician and dedicated professor, Dr. Horner has spent his career inspiring others to follow their passions and never give up on their dreams. He believes all people should enter vocations that afford opportunities to enlighten and inspire others, hoping that the work people do positively affects humanity and adds value to the world. Since he was a toddler, Dr. Horner has been musically inclined, playing the drums his parents, Clyde and Keturah Horner, had given him and has sought to improve his abilities throughout his career. He earned a Bachelor of Science from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1978, a Master of Music in 1988 as well as an Artist Diploma in Timpani in 1992, both from Duquesne University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from West Virginia University in 2005. Additionally, he has earned a professional certification in education from the Pennsylvania Department of Education in 1978. Dr. Horner attributes his success to his excellent mentors as well as his parents, who taught him the importance of compassion, reliability, persistence and a strong work ethic.
Dr. Horner has had numerous positions, currently serving as an assistant professor of music for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania since 1996. He has been a senior lecturer of music for Frostburg State University from 1983 to 2018, a percussionist substitute for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from 1989 to 1996 and an instructor of music for the University of Pittsburgh from 1985 to 1996. Additionally, Dr. Horner has worked as the director of percussion studies for Seton Hill College from 1983 to 1985 and a percussionist for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Tel-Aviv, Israel, from 1978 to 1980. Dr. Horner views these responsibilities not as work, but as a luxury since he enjoys expressing his creative nature and sharing his knowledge of music with his students. He fondly recalls performing at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, an event he considers to be a career highlight. Dr. Horner holds membership with the esteemed Percussive Arts Society, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Huguenot Society of America, among others. He has contributed to numerous works including, but not limited to, writing “An Elemental Approach to Music” and has performed as the instrumentalist soloist of “Recitative and Scherzo” in 1998. In recognition of his success, Dr. Horner has been awarded The Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who in the World.
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