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Ron Kean

Living in: Bakersfield, CA.

Dr. Ronald Kean, Emeritus Professor of Music at Bakersfield College, recently retired after completing his 30th year of teaching in California. He was awarded the 2012-2013 Distinguished Teaching Award by his colleagues. He is Past-President of the Music Association of California Community Colleges (MACCC) and Past-President of the American Choral Directors Association Western Division following six years as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives at state, division, and national levels. He was selected to be the 2007 California Music Educators Association Multicultural Educator of the Year. The Bakersfield College Chamber Singers under his direction have performed at state, division, and national ACDA conventions. He is frequently called upon to adjudicate festivals, lecture, and to conduct workshops and honor choirs in the US and abroad.

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Sheet Music Series
Ron Kean Multicultural Choral Series

Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Ron Kean : The Journey of Harriet Tubman : SATB : 01 Songbook : 888680910907 : 00288342

Ron Kean : The Journey of Harriet Tubmannew

This 5-movement, multi-media, Choral Drama honors one of the great heroes of the emancipation era. Scholars have no idea how these spirituals were performed before the Civil War, but they agree that there was probably very little European influence. Dr. Kean's goal was to compose and arrange music in a style that is evocative of the enslaved Africans' frame of mind based upon their west African musical heritage and in their sociological context. He chose to accompany the spirituals with kalimba (thumb piano) to honor the west African tradition of connecting with ancestors and the marimba to sound like the west African balafon. Medium to difficult.

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Voicing: SATB | 70703b | Songbook | $14.95


Ron Kean : The Journey of Harriet Tubman : SSAA : 01 Songbook : 888680910921 : 00288345

Ron Kean : The Journey of Harriet Tubman

This 5-movement work pays tribute to one of the great heroes of the emancipation era. Ron Kean brings authentic expression to the spirituals that served mulitiple functions for the African-Americans of that time. The African heritage sings true in the renderings he offers, and the journey of those who sacrificed becomes a story we can relive and honor. A simple percussive accompaniment provides the foundation for a truly artistic expression that will move an audience to tears. Medium to difficult.

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Voicing: SSAA | 70704b | Songbook | $14.95


Individual Folios

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'Tis the Season : 2-Part : Ron Kean : Ron Kean : Songbook : 08301905 : 884088394257

Ron Kean : 'Tis the Season

Mattie Stepanek was 14 when he died, but his poetry and enthusiasm caught the notice of celebrities and presidents. Ron Kean has taken Mattie's Christmas poem of peace for all the world and created a melody that helps the message soar. Fitting for children's choirs, treble choirs and even mixed choirs, this is a wonderful song of hope and love.

Composer: Ron Kean

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.35 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08301905


African Processional : SATB : Ron Kean : Sheet Music : 08301618 : 073999968804

Ron Kean : African Processional

Selected for the Ron Kean Multicultural Series, this piece utilizes sounds from African folk songs. With a myriad of percussion instruments, the rhythm is set. A joyful chorus emerges with an occasional solo interjection.

Arranger: Ron Kean | Country: Africa

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08301618


Brown Penny : SSA : Ron Kean : Ron Kean : Sheet Music : 08301771 : 884088058586

Ron Kean : Brown Penny

This Ron Kean setting of the Yeats' text displays his skill. Perfect for treble choirs of all ages. Add the optional violin, accordian and whistle to complete the performance.

Composer: Ron Kean | Poetry By: William Butler Yeats

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.35 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08301771


Ise Oluwa : 3-Part : Ron Kean : Sheet Music : 08301647 : 073999016475

Ron Kean : Ise Oluwa

Now available for 3-Part, this multicultural piece uses various Nigerian percussion instruments to great effect.

Arranger: Ron Kean | Country: Nigeria

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Voicing: 3-Part | Sheet Music | $2.35 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08301647


Only My Dreams : SSAA : Ron Kean : Ron Kean : Sheet Music : 00159356 : 888680617608

Ron Kean : Only My Dreams

The poem by Yeats that serves as the text for this Ron Kean piece has been set by many fine composers. Ron's approach is unique, bringing in overtones through whirlies to add an ultra-spiritual dimension to the impact of the work. Ron's vocal writing is always careful, pulling lines into one another with suspended results. Singers simply love to sing them because everyone is equally important. Selected for the Iris Levine Treble Chorus Series, this piece fits any general program for advanced treble high school, college and community choir. Medium.

Composer: Ron Kean | Poetry By: William Butler Yeats

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $2.15 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00159356


Only My Dreams : SATB : Ron Kean : Ron Kean : Sheet Music : 08301830 : 884088219628

Ron Kean : Only My Dreams

This famous William Butler Yeats text has never been set with such originality. Describing the vulnerable qualities our hopes and dreams embody, Kean shimmers a chord with improvised overtones that demand new definitions in sound. High schools, colleges and festivals will clamor for this wonderful work.

Composer: Ron Kean | Poetry By: William Butler Yeats

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.35 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08301830


The Lake Isle of Innisfree : SSAA : Ron Kean : Ron Kean : Sheet Music : 00159361 : 888680617653

Ron Kean : The Lake Isle of Innisfree

Ron Kean uses a text by William Butler Yeats and appropriately dons it with an Irish musical dressing. The flute is really not an optional addition. You are easily transported to the region through this character piece that dances and flourishes in the land it celebrates. A delightful fugal section bounces with a dum didle dee text eventually emerging into a colorful, and thoughtful singing section. For advanced high school and college choirs. Medium to difficult.

Composer: Ron Kean | Poetry By: William Butler Yeats | Country: Ireland

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00159361


Wondrous Love : SATB : Ron Kean : Walker's Southern Harmony : Sheet Music : 00285321 : 888680888725

Ron Kean : Wondrous Love

A sense of wonder permeates the opening, clearly in awe of God's magnificence. The text is familiar but the tune is new, the choir accompanied by piano alone. Then as the text deepens the Wondrous Love Southern Hamrony tune emerges with the brass. An SSA canon verse is absolutely captivating. Then the entire piece opens up into a majestic celebration to a final Easter finish. Medium in difficulty for Easter morning worship.

Arranger: Ron Kean | Composer: Walker's Southern Harmony

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.45 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00285321

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