Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Appoints Reynaldo Ramirez as New Senior Director of Education & Community Engagement
Baltimore, Md. (November 3, 2008) - The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) announced today that Reynaldo "Rey" Ramirez will fill the Orchestra's newly created position of Senior Director of Education & Community Engagement, part of the BSO's senior management team. Previously the Director of Education and Community Engagement with Virginia Symphony Orchestra (VSO), Mr. Ramirez has extensive experience leading all of the VSO's education and outreach initiatives, including the award-winning program, Harmony Project. A native of Los Fresnos, Tex., Mr. Ramirez is also an accomplished horn player and arranger, having earned a B.M. in horn performance (minor in music theory) from the University of North Texas and M.M. in horn performance from the University of Nevada.
Mr. Ramirez will oversee the Baltimore Symphony's current education and outreach programs. In addition, in collaboration with several community partners and with input from all BSO departments, Mr. Ramirez will examine current educational offerings and build upon successes to create a comprehensive strategy that ensures that the Baltimore Symphony is responding to the unique needs of the region it serves.
Commenting on his new position, Mr. Ramirez remarks, "From the moment I began conversations with Baltimore Symphony staff members, their sense of excitement about the BSO's expanding reach into the community was palpable. I cannot wait to be a part of the team and plug into all of that excitement. Marin Alsop is leading the charge in the Symphony industry to get musicians out from behind their music stands and into community. It will be an honor to join her in that effort."
Paul Meecham, BSO President & CEO commented, "Rey was the obvious choice for this position. He brings a passion for developing our region's young people through music and innovative, fresh ideas about a Symphony's role in the community. Rey's creative ideas are backed up with genuine experience. His Harmony Project in Virginia garnered the praise and attention of the international music community, serving as a model for engaging new audiences. He will be a great addition to the Baltimore Symphony team."
For more than 80 years, the Baltimore Symphony has maintained a vibrant educational presence throughout the state of Maryland. Under the direction of Music Director Marin Alsop and the current BSO leadership, the Baltimore Symphony continues to expand its investment in the community. In the last year alone, it has launched a new education initiative, called OrchKids, and expanded the reach of existing signature programs such that the BSO now reaches over 70,000 youth throughout the State of Maryland. This newly created position further reflects the Baltimore Symphony's redoubled investment in the community.
About Reynaldo "Rey" Ramirez
In January 2006, Rey Ramirez assumed the role of Director of Education and Community Engagement with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra (Norfolk, Va.). During his tenure, he was tasked to design and implement all education and outreach initiatives. One such program created by Mr. Ramirez was the Harmony Project, which received the competitive MetLife Award for Excellence in Community Engagement. The Harmony Project fosters relationships between African-American church congregations and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra (VSO) through the following three ways: Congregations may have musicians participate in church services, host an educational experience during religious study classes, or allow VSO musicians to perform a community concert within the church. The Harmony churches also have access to complimentary and discounted tickets to Virginia Symphony concerts.
Prior to joining the staff of Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Ramirez owned his own private lesson studio, Ramirez Musical Services, in Lewisville, Tex., which provided private horn lessons for over 55 students per week at 10 public and private schools. In this role, he designed customized instructional curriculum for each student, brought in guests artists for masterclasses and created and maintained a web site for parents and students that included schedules, instructional sound clips, and payment information.
Mr. Ramirez received a bachelor of music from University of North Texas (Denton, Tex.) with a major in Horn Performance and a minor in music theory. He earned a masters degree in horn performance from the University of Nevada (Las Vegas, Nev.). Mr. Ramirez also enjoys music orchestration and arranging and has arranged pieces performed by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.