Ronald W. DeGrandis
Ron's vast experience as a professional musician and an educator make him an ideal composer of string orchestra and full orchestra music for school and community ensembles. His interesting and creative arrangements and original compositions are well suited to groups from elementary to advanced levels.
Anthony and Audrey Simons
Pocono Youth Orchestra
Pocono Junior String Orchestra
"...highly respected musician..."
This is to endorse Ron DeGrandis as a highly respected musician, composer and teacher. He is a valued member of our community orchestra called the Lehigh Valley Pops Orchestra where he plays viola and composes excellent music for various occasions such as Christmas, birthdays, and general times throughout the year. These pieces are always very musically enjoyable, well crafted, and fun to play. We find his music to be interesting and exciting, a joy for the performer as well as the listener.We are honored and proud to endorse Ron as a very talented composer
and professional musician.
George P. Fennell, Orchestra Conductor and professional musician
Nancy E. Fennell, Orchestra Member and professional musician
"...superb musician and arranger..."
Ron DeGrandis is a superb musician and arranger. His works for student players provide exciting musical motivation and gratification. His arrangements for professionals are deeply engaging, and powerfully moving. I have worked with him for over 20 years. I'm still playing his fine arrangements and looking forward to our next collaborations.
Michael J. Miles
"...an avid performer, master teacher, conductor..."
Ron DeGrandis is an avid performer, master teacher, conductor, and an outstanding arranger/composer. I have known Ron for many years performing with him in the Allentown Symphony and collaborating with him in an educational setting. As a professional violist, Ron has an innate understanding of the technical demands of playing a string instrument and his music reflects this. Ron has arranged many pieces for the Allentown Symphony String Festival and PMEA Festivals. He was also commissioned by Parkland School District to write a piece for the Parkland Elementary Band and String program. As a middle school orchestra director at Parkland School District, my students have performed many of Ron's arrangements. His arrangements are clear, concise and well balanced throughout all sections.
2015 Grammy Music Teacher Finalist
Parkland School District Orchestra Director
Allentown Symphony violist
"...his pieces will delight your instrumentalists and audience members..."
I play in the Elm Street Jazz Band with Ron. We have played a few of his arrangements and original compositions. It's obvious that he understands the intricacies of composing and arranging for any ensemble. You'll find his pieces will delight your instrumentalists and audience members.
Nancy Shumaker, retired music educator,
pianist with Elm Street Jazz Band