Ron Argotsinger comes to the Denver Pops Orchestra podium after more than 10 years as Principal Trombone and Assistant Conductor. He is the 8th music director and conductor of Denver Pops Orchestra since its arrival on the music scene in Denver in 1979. During Ron’s tenure in the orchestra, he has performed with Polk.com and DPO Swing Band as well as conducted DPO in their summer collaboration with the Adams County School District 14 summer music program in the 3 years of the partnership.
Mr. Argotsinger is a graduate of Arvada High School and the University of Northern Colorado, where he holds bachelors and masters degrees in music education. He studied trombone with Jack Robinson and Buddy Baker and conducting with Wayman Walker, Howard Skinner, Claude T. Smith, Carmen Dragon, Ken Singleton, Robert Reynolds, and Elza Daugherty.
Ron retired from teaching in 2010 after 32 years in schools from rural Nebraska to the Denver Metro area. During his teaching career, he conducted groups in a variety of settings including the beautiful amphitheater in Wray, Colorado where he served as music director for South Pacific, Anything Goes, and Paint Your Wagon. He also served as clinician and adjudicator in Colorado, New Mexico, and Nebraska.
Since returning to the Denver area in 1993, Ron has been a performing member of the Rocky Mountain Brassworks, Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, and Denver Pops Orchestra. Ron and his wife Monica, who teaches first grade in Cherry Creek School District, have 5 children. All 5 children played piano as well as trombone, percussion, clarinet, flute and trumpet. Both daughters were members of the Colorado Children’s Chorale and his oldest 3 children are now teaching music.