Mr. Demkee has been the Associate Conductor of The Allentown Symphony Orchestra since 1983 where he has worked with conductors Donald Voorhees, William Smith and Diane Witttry. From 1983 to 1994 he conducted all of the orchestra's Young Peoples Concerts, Pops Concerts and Holiday Concerts. He has conducted performances of "The Nutcracker" for the Berkshire Ballet (MA), the American Ballet Repertory Co. (Princeton, NJ.) the Lehigh Valley Ballet (PA) and the Repertory Ballet Company of Allentown. He has led the ASO in concert performances featuring internationally famous artists including: Rudolf Firkusney, Cecile Licad, Robert McDuffie, Young Uck Kim and Joyce Castle of the New York Metropolitan Opera.
Ronald Demkee earned his Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Music Education at West Chester (Pennsylvania) State University. In 1991 Muhlenberg College awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Music. He conducted the Freedom High School (Bethlehem, Pa) Patriot Band, Orchestra and numerous other instrumental ensembles, where he was also Chairman of the Fine Arts Department, from the time the school opened in 1967 until 1997. During his tenure at Freedom High School the Patriot Band performed in the nation's most visible parades including The King Orange Jamboree, Cotton Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Aloha Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, two National Cherry Blossom Parades in Washington D.C. and three Tournaments of Roses in Pasadena, California.
Mr. Demkee is the recipient of a number of awards including: The National Band Association's "Citation of Excellence," The John Philip Sousa Foundation's "Sudler Legion of Honor," and The Allentown (Pennsylvania) “Arts Ovation Award” for Outstanding Achievements in the Performing Arts. In 2005 the Allentown Arts Council presented its first Lifetime Achievement Award to Demkee. He is an inductee of the “National High School Band Directors’ Hall of Fame” and has been a member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association since 1986.
As well as his conducting duties, Mr. Demkee continues to teach in the music departments of both Moravian and Muhlenberg Colleges, and plays tuba in the Allentown Symphony Orchestra. He and his wife Joan, who have been married since 1967, have two children, Mark and Elizabeth, both public school teachers, and four grandchildren Aidan, Sarah, Katherine, and Rose.