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Ron is a degreed librarian as well as an active and versatile musician. A native of Ohio, he studied in Cleveland with British pianist, Clive Lythgoe and in New York City with Phillip Kawin of the Manhattan School of Music. In addition to his MM in performance from Manhattan School, Ron also earned his MLS degree at Kent State University.
Ron’s performances have taken him as far afield as Brazil, where he was invited to teach and perform for the Music Foundation of Capão da Canoa. He has been a faculty member at several area music schools, including the Oberlin Community Music School, and has served as church organist and Music Director at Redeemer Lutheran Church and at Church of the Epiphany. With pianist Coren Estrin Mino, he has performed often in the Cleveland/Akron area as a member of the Double Digit Piano Duo. The Duo's performance at the Bop Stop was in 2015 was featured on WCLV in their program "Cleveland Ovations." As the official accompanist for the Coastliners, he had the great pleasure of opening for Joan Rivers at the Palace Theater in October 2013 and at the State Theater for the Big Cleveland Sing. Accompanying also provided him the opportunity of performing at Carnegie Hall in 2013. He can be heard accompanying cellist Catherine Clyatt Schroth on her debut CD entitled "Songs for My Son."
Of all the musical hats Ron has worn, including piano soloist, chamber musician, accompanist, organist, choir director and concerto soloist, this is his first time playing in a rock band!
Canyon Wind is proud to present Ron Palka
Ron plays his first show with us on Friday, November 24 at the West Side Irish American Club.