Dr. Ronda Benson Ford is currently adjunct instructor of flute at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and adjunct instructor of flute at Dalton State College in Dalton, GA. She is an active National Flute Association flutist, teacher, and pedagogy committee member. She previously performed with the Topeka Symphony, the Overland Park Orchestra, and with several orchestras in Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Texas, and Arkansas. She has performed and served as a panel member for several National Flute Association Conventions. She has preformed with The International Flute Orchestra in Prague, Hungary, Slovenia, and Italy. She has been featured on Mississippi Public Radio and has had articles published in The Flutist Quarterly and Flute Talk magazine. She has served on the faculties of Lee University, Western State Colorado University, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, National American University, Truman State University, Park University, Missouri Western State University, Kansas City Kansas Community College, and Parkland College.
Dr. Ford has taught a wide variety of courses including music appreciation, music history, music theory, aural skills, studio flute, studio piano, studio recorder, flute ensemble, and recorder ensemble. The collegiate ensembles she worked with included music major, music minors, and non music majors.
She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Flute Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Southern Mississippi, her Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from Illinois State University, and her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Central Arkansas. Dr. Ford’s teachers have included John Bailey, Danilo Mezzadri, Kyril Magg, Alexander Murray, Max Schoenfeld, Bootsie Mayfield, and Carolyn Brown. She lives in Chattanooga, TN with her husband Brian and her dog Snoopy.