Ron Councell

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Pianist/Vocal Coach

School of Music and Dance
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA, 92182
Office: DA-228

Ron Councell, an accomplished musical director and accompanist, performs at many of the theatres in San Diego, which include the The Old Globe (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (World Premiere), Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life (World Premiere), Working, Himself and Nora, The Grinch), The La Jolla Playhouse (Dracula, Zhivago), and the Civic Theatre (The Full Monty, The Producers, Annie) Lyceum (Reunion, Always…Patsy Cline) and most recently North Coast Repertory Theatre (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Dames at Sea, Romance Romance, Man with a Load of Mischief).

Ron believes strongly in the importance of the Arts in children’s education. He was the Vocal Director for the international Spanish/English Children’s Educational Program “Dos Y Dos”. He also works in children’s theatre and has directed and conducted numerous productions for San Diego Junior Theatre (Sound of Music, 42nd Street, Cinderella), Peter Pan Junior Theatre (Annie, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady), the San Diego Opera Education and Outreach Program (Rip Van Winkle), and at Muirlands Middle School (Working, Once Upon a Mattress, Pippin, Pirates of Penzance).

Ron has taught for the Grossmont College Theatre Department, co-teaching a Music Theatre Workshop class with both Susan Jordan DeLeon and Lisa Drummond for 15 years. While there, he Musical Directed seven productions, The Fantasticks, Suds, Company, I Love You Because, Parade, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Lucky Stiff.

In addition, Mr. Councell was the musical director and arranger for the internationally acclaimed Celtic-rock dance show, Celtic Fusion which toured in the United States, South America, Australia, and Scotland. He enjoyed spending six weeks in Glasgow performing at the Celtic Connections Festival and recording the Celtic Fusion soundtrack with the original cast. During his career, Ron has performed in Iceland, Sweden, Norway, France, Germany, Austria, and Italy.

Currently, Mr. Councell is the Music Director for Unity San Diego. He is also the Vocal Coach and staff accompanist for the MFA in Musical Theatre at San Diego State University where he musical directed A, My Name Is Alice. He has also worked on their productions of A Little Night Music, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Pal Joey, Les Misérables, Into the Woods, and The Full Monty. While at SDSU, Ron has had the privilege of work shopping four new musicals, Mr. Doctor and Mr. Holland’s Opus with BD Wong and Wayne Barker, We Foxes with Ryan Scott Oliver, and 'Til Death Do Us Part by Bobby Cronin and Caroline Prugh.

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