Ralph Frederick Stannard
Ralph Stannard has been artistic director and conductor of the Plano Civic Chorus since 2000. He is also director of music at First Presbyterian Church in Richardson, where he directs both the adult and youth choirs. Mr. Stannard has held similar positions at St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church in Irving, Munger Place United Methodist Church in Dallas, and at Bethel Temple in Oak Cliff. In addition, Mr. Stannard has been the choir director for Temple Emanu-El in Dallas since 1999 and has conducted the Temple Choir in several programs of important Jewish concert and liturgical music. For thirteen years Mr. Stannard also served as conductor for special performances for the Dallas Symphony Chorus.
Mr. Stannard has conducted many of the great masterworks including Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Brahms’ Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Lobgesang, Cherubini’s Requiem, Bloch’s Sacred Service, the Requiems of Faure and Durufle, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, and Rossini’s Petit Messe Solennelle. In September 2002, he made his formal conducting debut with the Plano Symphony Orchestra, conducting the chorus and orchestra in several operatic choruses by Verdi. In additional collaborations with Maestro Hector Guzman, conductor for the Plano Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Stannard has prepared the Plano Civic Chorus for performances of Verdi’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and for the annual Christmas pops concerts
Mr. Stannard has led several successful choir tours. In 2002 he directed the combined choirs of the First Presbyterian Church, Temple Emanu-El, and the Plano Civic Chorus in concerts throughout the British Isles and in 2005 took a similar group to the Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Austria. Mr. Stannard led a 2008 concert tour to Italy and France with the Plano Civic Chorus and the choirs from First Presbyterian Church and St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano. The combined choirs gave performances in St. Marks Basilica in Venice and in both Notre Dame and La Madeleine in Paris. Mr. Stannard completed a fourth European concert tour in June of 2011 conducting the Plano Civic Chorus in Berlin, Wittenberg, Munich, and Florence.
A lyric baritone and voice student of Grant Williams, Mr. Stannard has performed as soloist in several oratorials throughout the North Texas area as well as in performances with the Dallas Opera Chorus, The Denton Bach Society, and the Deep Ellum Opera Theater. Mr. Stannard received his BM from the University of Texas in music theory and composition, his MME in instrumental education from the University of North Texas, and has completed three years of post graduate work towards a PhD in music education at UNT. Mr. Stannard has studied orchestral conducting with Kate Tamarkin, band conducting with Robert Winslow, choral techniques with Frank McKinley, Henry Gibbons, and David R. Davidson, and Synagogue music with Simon Sargon.
Mr. Stannard is an active member of TCDA (Texas Choral Directors Association), ACDA (American Choral Directors Association, GTM (Guild of Temple Musicians) and PAM (Presbyterian Association of Musicians).
For more information about the chorus, email Mr. Stannard.