Dr. John Ratledge is Professor Emeritus of the University of Alabama where he was the conductor of University Singers, Area Coordinator of Graduate Choral Conducting, and Director of Choral Activities. Dr. John Ratledge also taught graduate conducting, literature, and pedagogy.
Ratledge made his European conducting debut in 1996 with the Filharmonia Sudecka of Walbryzychu, Poland, and since that time, he has conducted orchestras in France, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Spain, and South Korea.
His choirs have given the premiere of the full orchestral version of the Duruflé Requiem in Poland, Hungary, Romania, and Greece, the organ version premiere of same in Bulgaria, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms premiere in Poland, and the St. Petersburg, Russia’s premiere of Handel’s Messiah.
Ratledge is the Founder, Artistic Director of the Bassi Brugnatelli International Conducting and Singing Symposium in Robbiate, a workshop for conductors, singers, and orchestra.
Ratledge’s compositions are published by Alliance Music and Carl Fischer Music Publishers.