Ralph Stannard, Artistic Director and Conductor for PCC since 2001. A lyric baritone and student of Grant Williams, Mr. Stannard has performed 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, his MME from the University of North Texas, and has completed three additional years of post-graduate work towards a PhD at UNT. Mr. Stannard studied orchestral conducting with Kate Tamarkin, band conducting with Robert Winslow, and choral techniques with Frank McKinley, Henry Gibbons, Ron Shirey, and David R. Davidson. Mr. Stannard has also had extensive study in Synagogue music with composer Simon Sargon and Cantor Richard Cohn.
Mr. Stannard is a member of The Texas Choral Directors Association, The American Choral Directors Association, and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians.
Most Notable Works
Orff’s Carmina Burana
Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Lobgesang
Bloch’s Sacred Service
the Requiems of Fauré and Duruflé
Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms
Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis
Rossini’s Petit Messe Solennelle
Dona Nobis Pacem and Hodie by Vaughan Williams
Mr. Stannard has led several successful international choral tours. In 2002 he directed the combined choirs of First Presbyterian Church in Richardson, Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, 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 in Richardson and St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano. The combined chorus 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 the Berlin Dom, the Luther Festival in Wittenberg, and additional concerts in Munich, and Florence.
In 2014, Mr. Stannard again directed singers from the Plano Civic Chorus and the Sanctuary Choir of First Presbyterian Church in Richardson in concerts in Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and encore performances in both Notre Dame and La Madeleine.
In June 2018 he took the chorus back to England to perform in London at the Gresham Centre, Oxford with Bob Chilcott, Warwick, and Coventry with Paul Leddington Wright.