John Ratledge (b. 1954) is in his ninth year as Conductor of University Singers, Area Coordinator of Graduate Choral Conducting, and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He also teaches 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, and Spain. In addition, he has twice conducted choirs and giving master classes and workshops in South Korea. During his tenure at Shorter College of Rome, Georgia, the Shorter Chorale distinguished itself nationally and internationally by premiering the full orchestral version of the Duruflé Requiem in Poland, Hungary, Romania, and Greece, the organ version premiere of the same work in Bulgaria, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms premiered in Poland, and the St. Petersburg, Russia’s premiere of Handel’s Messiah. Dr. Ratledge has conducted over 300 clinics throughout the United States and abroad.