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Robert S. Ragoonanan is a graduate of Luther College (B.A. in Music) and Bowling Green State University (M.M. in Orchestral Conducting). 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 Stravinsky’s Petrushka, Haydn’s Symphony 48, Sevier’s setting of Precious Lord, and Hagen’s setting of O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. Robert is also a sought-after collaborative pianist, harpsichordist, and voice coach, collaborating with various solo artists and ensembles. Recent performances include Bach’s Sonata in A Major for Flute and Harpsichord, BWV 1032, Waignein’s Rhapsody for Saxophone, and Piano, Strauss’s Cäcilie, and Debussy’s Petite Suite.
In addition, he has worked as a church music director and organist throughout the Midwest. Recent organ performances include Messiaen’s L’ascension, Adler’s Four Chorale Preludes on Old American Hymns, Guilmant’s Chant du Roi René, and Vierne’s Organ Symphony No. 1. Robert is currently the Music Director at Oak Knoll Lutheran Church in Minnetonka, MN, USA the Chamber Orchestra Director at the Performing Institute of Minnesota in Eden Prairie, MN, USA, and the pianist for the Eagan Women of Note women’s choir in Eagan, MN, USA.
He also freelances as a conductor and keyboardist and maintains a small private teaching studio.