Ramon Ricker


Ramon Ricker

Ramon Ricker is Senior Associate Dean of Professional Studies, Director of the Institute for Music Leadership, and Professor of Saxophone at the Eastman School. In addition to a career as performing artist and studio teacher, he also co-directs the Catherine Filene Shouse Arts Leadership Program with Eastman Director and Dean James Undercofler.

Dr. Ricker received a bachelor of music education degree in clarinet from the University of Denver, a master of music degree in woodwind performance from Michigan State University, and a doctor of musical arts degree in music education and clarinet from the Eastman School. He 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 (RPO) first began as a clarinet soloist in 1972 and in 1973 he won a position in the RPO as a member of the clarinet section. He continues to play in, and occasionally conduct, the orchestra today. From 1996-2005 he served on its board of directors. For eight summers (1993-2000) he was music adviser to the Schlossfestspiele in Heidelberg, Germany, where he directed the participation of the Eastman School Philharmonia in its five-week residency at this well-known German music festival.

Ray first began his musical studies on the clarinet. At age 16, while continuing to study the clarinet, his interest in jazz led him to begin saxophone lessons. Throughout his professional career he has continued to perform on both instruments. Today he often is a featured saxophone and clarinet soloist and chamber musician in venues throughout Europe and North America. His books on jazz improvisation and saxophone technique as well as many of his compositions are viewed as standards in the field with over 130,000 copies sold worldwide and translations in French and Japanese. As a professional musician and music contractor he has performed on hundreds of television commercials and program themes including national accounts for NBC, ABC, Cinemax, HBO and Arts and Entertainment. 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 Orchestra, and the American, Atlanta, Cincinnati and North Carolina Symphonies, and his works are published by Advance Music (Germany), Alphonse Leduc (Paris), Warner/Chappel (USA) and Jamey Aebersold (USA).

Articles by Ramon Ricker:

Alarm Will Sound—More of a Band Than an Orchestra
October 20, 2019

Royalties Are a Good Thing—Part 2: Performance Rights, Sync Rights, Patents and Trademarks
January 14, 2019

Royalties Are a Good Thing—Part 1: Copyright, Print Rights and Mechanicals
November 5, 2019

Discussion Panels with Ramon Ricker:

Entrepreneurs in Music — and Don't Forget about Mozart!
3/24/08 - 4/4/08