Ramona Wis, Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts, professor and chair of music, was the guest director of the East Tennessee Vocal Association 2010 Honors Women’s Choir in Oak Ridge, Tenn., Nov. 18-20. Mounting an ambitious and varied program of women’s chorus repertoire, Wis and the select 120-voice high school ensemble worked for three days as part of the annual festival that brings guest conductors from around the country to work with mixed, men’s and women’s auditioned ensembles and present a public performance as the culminating event.
Wis is conductor of North Central College’s Women’s Chorale and Chamber Singers and is coordinator of music education. She teaches courses in conducting, methods and servant leadership, and is an active festival conductor, clinician, writer and public speaker. Her book, “The Conductor as Leader: Principles of Leadership Applied to Life on the Podium,” is becoming a leadership classic among conductors and music teachers, as well as those interested in leadership outside the profession. She has served as president of the American Choral Directors Association in Illinois and on the executive boards of both the American Choral Directors Association and Illinois Music Educators Association. She has sung under Robert Shaw, James Levine and Margaret Hillis, and has conducted and performed in professional, theatrical, community and academic settings for more than 30 years.