• Ron Brendel
    Ron Brendel,
    Associate Professor of Music

    B.M.E., Evangel College
    M.M., D.M.A. Temple University
    Email: rbrendel@leeuniversity.edu

    The performances of tenor Ron Brendel have been heralded as “effortlessly professional… strongly lyric…[and] memorable” in opera, oratorio and recital. As an opera singer, Brendel shines brightest in the Mozart tenor roles of Cosi fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte, and Der Shauspieldirektor. He is equally at home in the contemporary operas of Britten, most notably The Turn of the Screw and Owen Wingrave. Other roles include Tamino, Goro, Ferrando, Alfred, Ernesto, Frederic, Nanki-Poo, and Cajus. He has appeared with the Treasure Coast Opera, Peach State Opera, South Florida Opera, Asheville Lyric, Natchez Festival, Springfield Regional Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, and others.

    He debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2006 as tenor soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass. In oratorio, he sings Handel, Bach, Mozart and Haydn, and others. He has appeared with the Vero Beach Choral Society, the Pensacola Choral Society, the Imperial Symphony Orchestra (Lakeland, Florida) and the Central Florida Bach Festival, among others. He and his wife, soprano Chery Brendel, performed a recital of Schumann Lieder at the Schumann Konservatorium in Zwickau, Germany.

    As an academician, Brendel currently is associate professor of music at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., where he teaches voice and graduate vocal pedagogy. He has presented papers and lecture-recitals on various aspects of Britten’s music at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, the College Music Society, and the Britten in Context conference in Liverpool, England, among others. He is widely performed in opera and oratorio, and presents a unique program of Britten song in 4 languages.

    With his wife, coloratura soprano and voice teacher Chery Brendel, he founded and is the general co-director of the Schumann Liederfest, an annual summer song program in Zwickau, Germany.

    He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Evangel University (Springfield, Mo.), and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Temple University (Philadelphia, Pa.), where he was awarded a full scholarship for doctoral study. His specialization is the vocal music of Benjamin Britten.

    Ron Brendel

Music Events Calendar

10/23
Chorale Concert
Begins at 7:30 PM | Read more

The Chapel
Chorale Concert
William R. Green, conductor

This event is open to the public, free, and tickets are not required.

10/24
Songs That Touch Our Hearts
Begins at 7:00 PM

Lee University Chapel
Songs That Touch Our Hearts
Songs That Touch Our Hearts is featuring wonderful music from The Red Back Hymnal with Danny Murray directing. This event is hosted by Paul & Darlia Conn.

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10/25
Presidential Concert Series: Imani Winds
Begins at 7:30 PM | Read more

Pangle Hall
Presidential Concert Series: Imani Winds
The venerable genre of wind quintet-written for flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, and bassoon-has existed since the beginning of the nineteenth century. Despite its long history, the wind quintet is...
10/26
Performing Arts Series: Jay Poff, voice
Begins at 7:30 PM

Squires Recital Hall
Performing Arts Series: Jay Poff, voice
An alum of Lee University from Hunstville, Alabama, Poff has performed all over the world as a solo artist, and around the country in various theatrical roles. In 2010, he was named Best Male Lead in...
11/01
VIP Music Makers
Begins at 6:30 PM

Pangle Hall
VIP Music Makers
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