Ron Horner (’76),  retired at the end of the 2017-2018 school year after 19 years as the music director in Nome Public Schools in Alaska.  Ron and his wife, Kathy, are planning to stay in Nome and are volunteers/missionaries at the local Christian radio station, KSUI. 

Excerpt from the Nome Nugget – Nome’s long-time music director Ron Horner retires at the end of this school year. Mr. Horner has seen class after class begin as kindergartners and advance on until they graduate from high school, growing musically and in every other way as well. After 19 years with Nome’s schools it’s time to turn the page.

“Music is something that touches a person’s heart in a way that is so unique,” he said. “When a person plays an instrument there’s that eye hand coordination, there’s the counting, there’s hearing the pitch and the intonation. And then there are all the techniques that go with the particular instrument. And with singing, too, you’ve got the reading skills and the memorization. And then there’s the singing together, working together in a collaborative way. There are so many things happening in a child’s mind when they’re performing that makes it so unique to any other process at school. It’s really a valuable thing. The emotion involved is something that they’ll always remember.”

Congratulations on an incredible career Ron! Best wishes to you and your family in your retirement.

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