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Director of Collaborative Piano

Professor/Collaborative Piano

  • D.M., Chamber Music/Accompanying, Florida State University (2000)
Pianist Ron Petti joined the faculty of the School of Music at Stephen F. Austin State University in 1999. He earned the BM and MM degrees in Piano Performance from Heidelberg College and Bowling Green State University, and the DM in Piano Performance/Chamber Music and Accompanying from Florida State University. As the Director of Collaborative Piano at SFA, Petti directs the MM degree in Collaborative Piano, teaches the undergraduate course Accompanying Techniques, the graduate survey courses Vocal Literature with Piano and Chamber Music Literature with Piano, and applied lessons in piano accompanying and harpsichord. He is also the accompanist for many ongoing events in the School of Music including faculty and guest artist recitals, choral ensembles, opera productions, and student degree recitals. In addition to his duties, Petti also coaches graduate and undergraduate vocal majors at SFA. Prior to this appointment, he was the Staff Accompanist at SFA, and has served as Vocal Coach with the Florida State Opera, Coach/Accompanist for the Opera Program and Instructor of Piano in the Preparatory Department at Heidelberg College (OH), and Instructor of Piano at The Saint Francis School of Music in Tiffin (OH).

As a collaborative artist, Petti maintains a demanding concert schedule with SFA guest artists and faculty, including regular performances with his wife, flutist Christina Guenther. As a soloist, he has performed recitals and presented masterclasses in piano, served as an adjudicator in piano competitions, and has concertized throughout the US. He has been an accompanist at the MTNA National Convention in Washington DC, and Minneapolis, MN, and has served as accompanist for the SFA A Cappella Choir for several European tours. Petti recorded the CD Playing Favorites with trombonist Deb Scott and is on a CD featuring the works of composer Stephen Lias. He was a presenter at the 2019 and 2013 TMTA conventions and is also published in Clavier Companion. He has been a member of the musical staff at Opera East Texas, performed at the NACUSA composition conference, The Estes Park Chamber Music Festival in Colorado, The National Association of Teachers of Singing Conventions throughout Texas and Oklahoma, the NASA Saxophone Convention, the Texas Flute Society, The Mid-South Flute Festival, and the International Trombone Festival.