Ron Babcock, D.M.A.
Associate Professor of Music
Office: LH 326B
Before moving to Portland, Ron Babcock was an active performer and teacher in northern Texas and Louisiana. He performed with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and organized as well as performed with the Mid-South Trombone Ensemble and the Shreveport Sackbut Consort. As a specialist in the performance of early trombone literature, Mr. Babcock has played alto sackbut under the direction of well-known conductors such as Christopher Hogwood, Ton Koopman and Jan Kleinbussink.
As an active member of the International Trombone Association, Dr. Babcock has written reviews and a cover article for the ITA Journal. He has also performed and given presentations at several of the International Trombone Festivals.
Dr. Babcock has taught at Portland State University’s School of Music since 1988. He is an active soloist in the Portland area and has performed regularly with ensembles such as the Portland Chamber Orchestra, The Big Horn Brass, The Woody Hite Big Band, the Columbia Symphony, the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, and the Portland Baroque Orchestra. He has several publications for trombone with Kagarice Brass Editions and with Cherry Classics Publications. His solo CD titled Trombone Treasures was released in 2013. It includes many previously unrecorded works from the standard trombone literature. Reviews of Dr. Babcock’s publications have appeared in the International Trombone Association Journal.
Ron Babcock received his Bachelor of Arts at Louisiana Tech University while studying with Roy Pickering and a Master of Music in Trombone Performance at the University of Oklahoma where he studied with Irvin L. Wagner. He earned his Doctorate in Trombone Performance from the University of North Texas in 1994 where he studied with Vern Kagarice.
When he is not playing or teaching trombone, Mr. Babcock spends his time training as a competitive race walker.