Outside of the Choral Department, Ratcliff has served as the Music Director and Orchestra Conductor for both the Grissom Musical Theatre Department & Ars Nova School of the Arts, where he has taught vocals to cast members, and rehearsed/directed the orchestra in the pit during rehearsals & performances for shows such as Tuck Everlasting, The Addams Family, The Light in the Piazza, and more.
As a member of many regional, state, and national organizations, including: NAfME, AMEA, and AVA, Ratcliff currently serves as Treasurer for the Huntsville Choral Directors Association (HCDA) and Webmaster for the Alabama chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).
Mr. Ratcliff gets his zest for life and his inspiration for music from the great outdoors. His favorite ways to fulfill this need include hiking, biking, and camping with his wife, son, & family. He finds that this cycle of taking in the natural world and putting it into the music he loves continuously propels him towards new heights.