To read Ron Ronning’s story of the Elder Collegium’s founding and early years, click here.

An addendum from Ron Ronning, 7/12/2013:   ” Your request to do a historical review rekindled wonderful memories. However, my most cherished stories, my most vivid memories of early CVEC were omitted from my little historical review.  Those missing reflections were those of a classroom teacher.  Frankly, my motivation for the Collegium had little to do with a need to serve senior citizens—but rather, to scratch my teacher itch.  I needed students who wanted music, and I found exactly what I was looking for.  I learned years ago that with Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Mahler, Bruchner, etc. as curriculum, a teacher can’t miss.  All one needs to do is get out of the way.  So, with full conductor’s scores and carefully selected recordings, away we would go. Young or old, we students/humans can’t resist great music if we will only listen—precisely the way we concentrate while reading great literature.  No time for day dreams.  It doesn’t work if one uses pleasant sounds as background to pleasant thoughts.”

Thank you, Ron, for this, and for all you’ve done to launch this magnificent organization.    Ed Lufkin, Exec. Dir.,  2010-2013


For a personal history (“The Snoopy Gang Got It Right”) by Bill Woehrlin, long-time and beloved instructor, click here.