Ronald Barron is former principal
trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a position
he held starting in 1975. He joined the orchestra in
1970 after being a member of the Montreal Symphony
Orchestra, and also served as principal trombonist of
the Boston Pops for thirteen seasons.
Barron is a graduate of the
College-Conservatory of Music of the University of
Cincinnati, where he studied with Ernest Glover. During
his college years, he also toured with the American Wind
In 1974, Ronald Barron shared the
highest prize awarded at the Munich International
Competition. This included a solo appearance, where he
performed the Frank Martin Ballade
for trombone and orchestra with the competition sponsor,
the Bavarian State Radio Orchestra. Barron is a frequent
soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra and has appeared
with a number of New Englandľarea orchestras and bands.
As a recitalist he has performed in the U.S., Europe,
addition to numerous recordings with the Boston Symphony
and the Boston Pops, Barron has recorded and performed
with the Canadian Brass, Empire Brass, and Summit Brass,
and has nine successful solo recordings.
Ronald Barron has been a faculty
member for the International Trombone Workshop and the
Keystone Brass Institute, and teaches at New England
Conservatory and the Tanglewood Music Center. He has
been on the board of advisors for the International
Trombone Association and has served on the juries for
the international competitions of Toulon, France, and
Munich, Germany. Barron received the 2005 ITA Award from
the International Trombone Association in recognition of
his distinguished career and in acknowledgement of his
impact on the world of trombone performance.
During the Boston Symphony's
Tanglewood season, Ronald Barron and his wife, Ina,
operate their bed and breakfast, Echezeaux, in Richmond,
College-Conservatory of Music. Studies with Ernest
Glover. Recordings on Boston Brass, Nonesuch. Also
current faculty of the Tanglewood Music Center.