High Honor for Music Professor’s Composition

Dr. Ron Atteberry Receives Opus Award

Dr. Ron Atteberry, assistant professor of music at Central Methodist University, has been honored with the Opus Award by the Missouri Choral Directors Association (MCDA), according to Dr. Dori Waggoner, dean of the Swinney Conservatory of Music at CMU.RonAtteberry

The Opus Award is presented annually to a Missouri composer for the most outstanding choral composition. Dr. Atteberry was honored for his Mass for the Common Man, which was premiered this spring by the CMU Conservatory Singers, which Atteberry directs.

"I was completely surprised and extremely grateful to my Missouri choral colleagues for selecting Mass for the Common Man for this honor," Atteberry said. "The Mass composition was a labor of love. I am indebted to my CMU choir students for their contributions to its performance."

The criteria for the award include that it must exemplify the highest standard of choral music composition and must be a totally original composition. The MCDA state Repertoire and Standards Chairs serve as the selection committee in a blind review of submissions.

Atteberry wrote the mass as partial fulfillment of the Doctorate of Sacred Music Degree, which he received in May from the Graduate Theological Foundation.

"Ron is a gifted composer," observed Dr. Waggoner, "whose music is engaging and beautiful. It is no surprise that he was honored by the Missouri Choral Directors Association for his work. We are fortunate to have him working with our CMU students."

In addition to the 69-member Conservatory Singers, Atteberry also directs The Church Street Boys of 16 young men, among other vocal groups on campus. He joined the CMU faculty in 2010.

Atteberry has a Master of Science in Education degree from Missouri State University and a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Southwest Baptist University.


Posted August 28, 2013