Dr. John Ratledge is currently in his eleventh year as Conductor of University Singers. He is Area Coordinator of Graduate Choral Conducting, and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Dr. John Ratledge teaches graduate conducting, literature, and pedagogy.
Dr. Ratledge made his European conducting debut in 1996 with the Filharmonia Sudecka of Wałbryzychu, Poland, and since that time, he has conducted orchestras in France, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Spain, and South Korea. His choirs have given the premiere of the full orchestral version of the Duruflé Requiem in Poland, Hungary, Romania, and Greece, the organ version premiere of same in Bulgaria, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms premiere in Poland, and the St. Petersburg, Russia’s premiere of Handel’s Messiah.
Recently, Dr. Ratledge spent seven months in Conegliano, Italy composing his newest composition, The Divine Siren, a cantata based on the words of 16th century poet, Gaspara Stampa. The work will be premiered by University Singers in November 2014. He is the Founder, Artistic Director of the Bassi Brugnatelli International Conducting and Singing Symposium in Robbiate.