Robert S. Ragoonanan is a graduate of Luther College (B.A. in Music) and Bowling Green State University (M.M. in Orchestral Conducting). Robert has studied conducting with many well-known instructors such as Emily Freeman Brown, Alexander Polyanichko, Ovidiu Balan, Neil Thompson, Dr. Scott Weiss, and others, and keyboards with Frederick DeHaven, Dr. Laura Melton, Dr. John F. Strauss, and Dr. Jessica Paul. He has found success as a conductor across the United States and Europe, conducting orchestras, choirs, new music groups, and wind ensembles. Recent conducting work includes all or parts of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, Mendelssohn’s Auf Gott allein, Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, and Forrest’s See, amid the winter’s snow. Robert is also a sought-after collaborative pianist, harpsichordist, and voice coach, collaborating with various solo artists and ensembles. Recent performances include Guastavino’s Romance del Plata, Debussy’s Petite Suite, Hogan’s Deep River Collection, and Tailleferre’s Jeux de plein air. In addition, he has worked as a church music director and organist throughout the Midwest. Recent organ performances include Willis’ Agora Suite, Guilmant’s Chant du Roi René, Brooke Joyce’s Four Advent Meditations, and Vierne’s Symphony No. 1. Robert is currently the Minister of Worship and Music at University Lutheran Church of Hope in Minneapolis, MN, and the pianist for the Eagan Women of Note treble choir in Eagan, MN. He also freelances as a conductor and keyboardist, and maintains a small private teaching studio. Learn more at robertsragoonanan.com.