Ramona M Wis
Dr. Ramona Wis is the Mimi Rolland Endowed Professor in the Fine Arts and Professor of Music at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. She is also Director of Choral Activities, conducting the Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, and the Chamber Singers and teaching conducting and methods courses.
Dr. Wis holds degrees from the University of Illinois, Northern Illinois University, and Northwestern University (Ph.D.); she also holds the RYT 200 yoga instructor certification. An active festival conductor, clinician, writer, and public speaker, she specializes in the areas of servant leadership and rehearsal techniques incorporating gesture, movement, and yogic practices and principles. She has presented workshops around the country and in Canada, including presentations for the International Conference of the Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership, British Columbia Music Educators Association, Midwest Clinic, GALA Choruses, Tennessee Arts Academy, North Central Division ACDA, and Illinois Music Educators Association. Her book, The Conductor As Leader: Principles of Leadership Applied to Life on the Podium, has become a leadership classic for those in and outside the field of music. Dr. Wis has written for The Choral Journal, Music Educators Journal, The China Europe International Business School Review, and Teaching Music, and is a contributing author to The Musical Experience: Rethinking Music Teaching and Learning, edited by Peter R. Webster and Janet R. Barrett and Toward a Description of Musical Experience, edited by Bennett Reimer and Jeffrey Wright.
Dr. Wis has served as President of the American Choral Directors Association in Illinois and on both ACDA and ILMEA executive boards. She has sung under Robert Shaw, James Levine, and Margaret Hillis, and has conducted and performed in professional, theatrical, community, and academic settings for more than 35 years.