• 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

3/28
Sr. Recital: Ha-Eun Song, violin
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Squires Recital Hall
Sr. Recital: Ha-Eun Song, violin

Squires Recital Hall is located on the first floor in the South End of the Humanities Building on Lee University's beautiful campus.

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3/28
Ladies of Lee Spring Concert
Begins at 7:30 PM | Read more

The Chapel
Ladies of Lee Spring Concert

The Ladies of Lee, under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Rodgers, invites you to join them for their spring concert in Lee's beautiful stone chapel.

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3/29
Faculty Wind Quintet
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Squires Recital Hall
Faculty Wind Quintet

Squires Recital Hall is located on the first floor in the South End of the Humanities Building on Lee University's beautiful campus.

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3/31
Graduate Recital: Tsai-Wei Li, piano
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Squires Recital Hall
Graduate Recital: Tsai-Wei Li, piano

Squires Recital Hall is located on the first floor in the South End of the Humanities Building on Lee University's beautiful campus.

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3/31
Recital: Candace Lambert, & Clay Fissel, saxophone
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Squires Recital Hall
Recital: Candace Lambert, & Clay Fissel, saxophone

Squires Recital Hall is located on the first floor in the South End of the Humanities Building on Lee University's beautiful campus.

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