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Ramon Ricker

Ramon Ricker
Ramon Ricker

Joined the RPO in 1973

Ramon Ricker is Emeritus Professor of Saxophone and Senior Associate Dean for Professional Studies (retired) at the Eastman School of Music. As a senior administrator at Eastman, Dr. Ricker has been instrumental in shaping the innovative entrepreneurial programs at the School. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Polyphonic.org, an Eastman sponsored website for professional orchestra musicians. He was a full-time Eastman faculty member from 1972-2013, and was the first titled saxophone professor at the School.

In 1973, Ricker won a position with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as a member of the clarinet section. His many books are looked to as standards in the saxophone and jazz improvisation fields with over 150,000 copies sold worldwide with translations in French and Japanese. His works are published by Schott (Germany), Alphonse Leduc (Paris), ATN (Tokyo), Alfred (USA) and Jamey Aebersold (USA). His latest book, Lessons From a Street-Wise Professor; What You Won’t Learn at Most Music Schools (2011, Soundown, Inc.) was honored as an Award-Winning Finalist in the Business: Entrepreneurship and Small Business category of The USA “Best Books 2011" Awards, sponsored by USA Book News.

In 2013, Ricker was awarded the Dean’s Medal in recognition of extraordinary leadership, dedication, service, and philanthropy to the Eastman School of Music. For more information, visit www.rayricker.com

Photo credit: Kurt Brownell

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