Music, Theatre and Dance

Dr. Ron Kean

Director of Choral Activities

Office Phone: 395-4547

Office: SAM 7


        Dr. Ronald Kean has been the Director of Choral Activities at Bakersfield College since 1994. He directs the 65 voiced College Chorale and the Chamber Singers. In addition to this he teaches two sections of A Survey of World Music, out of which is formed the African Percussion Ensemble which he leads.

Both choral groups are considered to be amongst the top groups in the California Community College system. The Chamber Singers performed at the Western Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Reno, Nevada in 1998. The Chorale and Chamber Singers performed at the California Music Educators Convention in 1999. Touring is an annual part of life at Bakersfield College. The Chamber Singers not only perform at conventions when invited, but they made two tours of Hawaii, the most recent in June, 2000.

Dr. Kean is President of the Western Division of the American Choral Directors Association following six years as ACDA Chair of Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives at state, division, and national levels. He graduated from Los Angeles Valley College and California State University Los Angeles before teaching at the high school level for four years. After a year of extensive score study and performance with Robert Shaw in Atlanta, Georgia, he completed the Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Choral Music from the University of Southern California.