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Ramon Ricker

ORG University of Rochester Title Director, Institute for Music Leadership BIO Ramon Ricker is Director of the Institute for Music Leadership and Professor of Saxophone at the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Ricker has been a full-time Eastman faculty member since 1972, and for nine years served as the Chair of the Department of Winds, Brass and Percussion (1989-98). His association with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra first began as a clarinet soloist in 1972. In 1973 he won a position in the RPO as a member of the clarinet section, and continues to play in the orchestra today. Since 1996 he has also served on its Board of Directors. For eight Summers (1993-2000) he was music advisor to the Schlossfestspiel in Heidelberg, Germany where he coordinated the participation of the Eastman School Philharmonia in their five week residency at this well-known German music festival. He frequently performs as a guest saxophone and clarinet soloist and clinician in high schools and colleges throughout Europe and North America, and his books on jazz improvisation and saxophone technique as well as many of his compositions are looked to as standards in the field with over 130,000 copies sold world-wide and translations in French and Japanese. As a composer and arranger he has been honored by grants from the National Endowment, New York State Council on the Arts, Creative Artist Public Service, Meet the Composer and ASCAP. His arrangements have been commissioned by the Rochester Philharmonic, and the American, Atlanta, Cincinnati and North Carolina Symphonies, and his works are published by Advance Music (Germany), Alphonse Leduc (Paris), Warner/Chappel and Jamey Aebersold (USA).