He has traveled widely as a clinician and guest conductor, and has become known for what a colleague calls a profound sense of phrasing and articulation, which informs all his work. In July of 2001, Dr. Staheli conducted an all-Mozart concert with choirs of the Zimriya International Choral Festival. Dr. Staheli was a guest lecturer at the Fourth International Choral Symposium in Sydney, Australia, where the BYU Singers also performed concerts in the world-famous Opera House and Town Hall. Travels have also taken him and the choir to the Middle East, Russia, Western and Eastern Europe, the South Pacific, and West Africa.
Dr. Staheli is a fine pianist and regularly arranges many selections performed by the BYU Singers, several of which are now published. As a professor he had the opportunity to speak at one of BYU's campus devotionals in 1996 and was awarded the Maeser Research grant in 2002.
Under his direction, the BYU Singers placed second and were presented the PEACE Trophy at the Cork International Choral Festival in 2009. In 2015, he received the Creative Works Award from BYU, which recognizes faculty members who demonstrate outstanding achievement in the development of creative works that have had wide acceptance and national or international distribution.
After years of dedicated service to BYU, Ronald retired in 2015.
- D.M.A., Choral Music, University of Southern California, 1977.
- M.M., Choral Music, University of Southern California, 1973.
- B.M., Magna Cum Laude, Piano Performance and Music Theory, including emphasis in voice, Brigham Young University, 1972.