Laurence and Karen Bettcher Foundation Chair
Ron Brooker graduated from Bowling Green State University with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Music Education. He served on the faculty for the Bowling Green State University Summer String Institute. He taught for eleven years for the Findlay and Sandusky school systems, being named in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in both 1994 and 1995.
A former OMEA adjudicator, his ensembles regularly earned superior ratings at both large and small group OMEA adjudicated events. A former Associate Concertmaster of the Lima Symphony, Ron has played with the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and the Cleveland Pops.
A musician with the Firelands Symphony Orchestra for over 25 seasons, Ron has been the Concertmaster of FSO for over 15 years. He serves on the Board of Directors for both the Firelands Symphony and the Sandusky Concert Association, where he is the chair of the Talent Committee. He is the first violinist in the Firelands String Quartet, and has served as the Music Director for the Huron United Methodist Church in Huron, Ohio for the past fifteen years.
He has conducted the ecumenical choirs in Huron for their Christmas Festivals as well as their Lenten services. Ron has previously served as music director for several Men’s Walks in the Emmaus Community. He has played for many local High School musicals, as well as the Huron Playhouse and the Sandusky State Theater.
Ron currently works for ThorWorks Industries and has three daughters, Elizabeth, Rachel, and Carolyn.