Hello, my name is Ronald Batdorf SR. I would like to introduce myself to you. I attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where I earned a BME in Music Education and a BM in piano performance. Later I attended Rowan University (NJ) where I earned a MA in Education and piano performance. I have also earned 33 Post-Graduate credits in Education Administration.
During my more then 30 years of teaching I directed over 50 plays including three original copyrighted musicals of my own. I was the Music, Theater, and Choral Director at the Charles W. Lewis Middle School (Blackwood, NJ), the Magnolia Public School (NJ), and at the F. W. Holbein Middle School (Mount Holly, NJ). I conducted Show Choirs, Concert Chorus, Gospel Choirs, Women’s Ensembles, and other various choirs. These various performing groups won more then 18 first-place awards, more then 12 second-place awards, and numerous other individual and group awards in competitions in Williamsburg (VA), Burlington (VT), Montreal (Canada), and Hershey (PA). We performed in Virginia, Washington, D.C., New Hampshire, New York City, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and in Canada.
Since 2000 I have been on staff at Gloucester County College (NJ) instructing Music Courses. I have authored a textbook for college titled “Appreciation of Musics”. I am also an Adjunct Instructor for Burlington County College (NJ).
Since 2004 I have composed over 600 songs for piano and voice.
Most of these songs romantic ballads, both those which inspire us and those which hurt us. I have transcribed arrangements of favorite hymns, composed songs about our favorite holidays, and songs of inspiration for the Lord.
There are songs about people and their deeply kept feelings; about you, and me. Songs which are reminiscent of years gone by and of the present.
I am a BMI composer and lyricist. In June of 2009 I had a full-length demo recorded in Nashville and in March of 2010 my first commercial CD was recorded in Nashville. It is titled “Cameos of Love”. Nashville based Catherine Ament is the vocalist and I am pianist. Songs from this CD are receiving air play in England, Canada, the United States and in Australia.
At present I am also working with another Nashville artist and a New York based artist. One of my songs are also being used by a vocalist from the Boston area with another two being used by a Toronto area Producer. Six of my compositions are presently being promoted by Charlie Ray Music of Nashville.
I have been married for 38 years to my wife Sandra. We have a wonderful son, Ronald JR, and lovely daughter-in-law Samantha, and our life’s delight, Sabrina, our 6-year old grand-daughter. Sabrina is entering the first grade and makes each of our lives so much fuller each day. Ron JR and Sandy are the owners of The Care Source (a home health care agency) and Sandy is the CAN (Certified Nursing Assistant) teacher at Camden County Technical School in Pennsauken.
Since the age of 13 until 2003, I was organist, pianist, and music Director for the Community of Christ Church in Woodbury (NJ). I have also served as organist at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Philadelphia, All Saints in Riverside (NJ), as well as churches in Pitman and Wenonah (NJ). Presently I am organist here at Asbury United Methodist Church and at Haines Neck United Methodist Church.
In 1976 I was ordained into the Priesthood of my Church and served as Pastor in the Woodbury congregation in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. I was active in the National Park and West Deptford Ministerium for nearly 15 years.
God has richly blessed my family and I throughout the years and we continue to walk with Him as the director of our lives.