Professor Emeritus Ron Jeffers served as associate professor and director of choral activities at Oregon State from 1974 – 1982, and as associate professor of theory & composition from 1982- 1998. In 1988 he founded earthsongs, a company that publishes choral music from many different countries of the world and books of translations of foreign language texts.
Jeffers studied composition and choral conducting at The University of Michigan, Occidental college, and the Center for New Music at the University of California, San Diego, with John Warren Owen, Howard Swan, Robert Shaw, and Eric Ericson. He has directed choirs and taught various courses at these institutions and at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook, and Oregon State University.