Until his early retirement (2002) to devote himself solely to composing, Ronald Perera (born Boston, Dec. 25, 1941) was Elsie Irwin Sweeney Professor of Music at Smith College. His compositions include operas, song cycles, chamber, choral, and orchestral music, and several works for instruments or voices with electroacoustic sounds. He has received awards and fellowships from Harvard University, the Paderewski Fund, the Goethe Institute, the Artists Foundation of Massachusetts, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the National Endowment for the Arts, and ASCAP. His teachers included Leon Kirchner, Randall Thompson, Gottfried Michael Koenig, and Mario Davidovsky.
Perera's music is published by ECS Publishing, Boosey and Hawkes, Music Associates of New York, and Pear Tree Press Music Publishers, and it is recorded on the CRI, Albany, SCI, and Opus One labels.