As a high school senior, Ron Whaley, violinist, was selected to perform as a member of the American Youth Orchestra at a Carnegie Hall performance. He attended Indiana University as a Bachelor of Music student and studied with Urico Rossi and Franco Gulli. Ron was concertmaster of the Orquestra del Noreste in Guadalajara, Mexico for two seasons, then served as assistant principal second violin with the Grand Rapids Symphony for five seasons. Since 1980 Ron has been with the Phoenix Symphony. He has been concertmaster of the Grand Salon Orchestra in Phoenix since 1995. Ron has been performing with Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra since 1996.