Ronald Alan Beckett, director, is a composer who has had numerous compositions performed by ensembles throughout Ontario. His third full length opera, I Am…, premiered in 1998 by Arcady, was the completion of a trilogy which began with Ruth (1996), and continued with John (1997).
His catalogue of compositions includes a dozen or so additional large scale works for orchestra and chorus and an abundance of chamber music and pieces for organ. Premières have been given by Orchestra London, The Essex Winds, Crowning Brass and the University of Western Ontario Symphony Orchestra. A Summa Cum Laude graduate from McMaster University in History and Theory, Beckett is an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music (Piano Performance), and also holds a Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Western Ontario. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to music and community, he was inducted into the McMaster Alumni Gallery in 2004.