Ronald J. Gretz, a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, is celebrating his 37 season as Artistic Director and conductor of the Annapolis Opera. Previous opera experience includes: conductor with BCO, chorus master and assistant conductor with the Baltimore Opera and Chautauqua Summer Opera in New York, conductor for Baltimore Opera’s Summer Opera, and Artistic Director and conductor for the Chesapeake and Harford Opera companies. In addition Gretz has been on the faculty of Peabody Conservatory as an opera coach and has conducted Broadway musicals both nationally and internationally, performing in Japan and Shanghai, China.
His choral conducting experience includes being director of the Handel Choir of Baltimore and the St. Charles Chorale in addition to over 50 years experience as organist and choir director at various churches in Baltimore.
For over 15 years he has conducted a wide variety of orchestral repertoire with the Gettysburg Symphony Orchestra and the Maryland Philharmonic Orchestra, which he founded in 2004.
Gretz is a Professor Emeritus at CCBC where he taught Music Theory for 41 years. His textbook Music Language and Fundamentals was published by Mc Graw Hill and used throughout the United States and Canada for over twenty years. Gretz returned to the Peabody Institute in 2012 where he is a part-time vocal coach in the Voice department.