He has gained wide recognition as a composer of choral, band
and orchestral works. Commissions include The National Symphony Orchestra,
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, USAF Band and numerous colleges and
universities. In l993 his Passacaglia (Homage on B-A-C-H) won
the "triple crown" of wind band composition competitions by winning the
National Band Association prize, the American Bandmasters Association’s
ABA/Ostwald Band Composition Contest, and the Louis and Virginia Sudler
International Wind Band Composition Contest making Nelson the first
composer to win all three competitions within the same period.
Nelson retired from Brown University in 1993 and currently resides in
Arizona. His other works for band include Rocky Point Holiday, Savannah River Holiday, Medieval Suite,
Aspen Jubilee, Sonoran Desert Holiday, Courtly Airs and Dances, Epiphanies.
Eight of his works performed by the Dallas Wind Symphony can be heard on
Reference Recordings RR-76CD titled Holidays and Epiphanies. His music is
published by Boosey and Hawkes, Ludwig, Presser and Carl Fisher.
Ron Nelson (born 1929) is a native of Joliet, Illinois. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in
1952, the Master’s degree in 1953, and the Doctor of Music Arts degree in 1956 from the Eastman
School of Music. He studied in France the Ecole Normale de Musique and, in 1955, at the Paris
Conservatory under a Fulbright Grant.
Dr. Nelson joined the Brown University faculty the following year as an Assistant Professor,
attaining the rank of Associate Professor in 1960 and Full Professor in 1968. He served as
Chairman of the Department of Music from 1963-1973, and in 1991 he was awarded the Acuff
Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts, becoming the first musician to hold the chair.