A generation of Stillwater youth have experienced the wonder and joy of music making during Trish Ranson’s 15 years as the Westwood Elementary music teacher and as a conductor with OSU Youth Choir (formerly Stillwater Honor Choir). Creating and cultivating community in all she does, Trish is a natural leader with a knack for connecting to people where they are, listening genuinely and intently and responding with practical action.
The daughter of a machinist and a church secretary in Ponca City, she learned the lessons of hard work and grit as well as the value of education. After graduating from Ponca City High School in 1988, she went on to earn her undergraduate degree in music education from Wichita State University and her master’s in music performance and pedagogy from OSU, along with multiple professional certifications. She has served as president for several professional and community organizations including Oklahoma Orff Chapter, and Stillwater High School Band Boosters. Trish’s passion for community has also manifested in her contribution to the unique culture of Westwood, for which she was recognized as the school’s Teacher of the Year in 2011. She is an active member of the First United Methodist Church and is a champion for community events.
Her husband of 20 years is Andrew Ranson, a technology strategy consultant and opera singer who serves as president of the board of Our Daily Bread Food & Resource Center and is past president of Stillwater CARES. Trish and Andrew’s two children, Will and Jenna, are students at Stillwater High School and are both active in the Stillwater Bands program. Will has served as section leader in the band and has recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts. Jenna has served as a section leader in the band, has participated in Youth in Government, and is also active in theater and choir.