Ron Savage

Chair
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"I like teaching at Berklee because I like the challenges and rewards of successfully helping young people make music happen."

"There are many facets to successfully running an ensemble. Focusing on individual development while also accomplishing group objectives, mixing the technical aspects of playing and learning repertoire while inspiring the creative subconscious of each student, these are some of the things that every successful ensemble teacher does."

"To prepare for the current music scene, where boundaries are constantly being crossed and new music created, it is important that we expose our students to as many different musical perspectives as possible. That's why the Ensemble Department is so stylistically diverse."

"Some of the highlights of my performance career have been touring with Mulgrew Miller and Gary Bartz, performing with Johnny Griffin, Joe Zawinul, Albert King, Art Farmer, Nnenna Freelon, James Williams, Bill Pierce, James Moody, and many of my contemporaries. I think it's only natural that one reflects on their personal experiences when teaching music. Having performed with many of the jazz legends, I think all of my teaching is geared toward helping students launch a performing career of their own."

Career Highlights
  • Alumnus, Berklee College of Music
  • Numerous concert, jazz festival, television, and theater performances
  • Recordings with Christopher Hollyday, Cecilia Smith, and Patrice Williamson
  • Appearances with Gary Bartz, Don Braden, Don Byron, Cyrus Chestnut, Kurt Elling, Jon Faddis, Art Farmer, Nnenna Freelon, Christian McBride, Marian McPartland, Mulgrew Miller, Bill Pierce, Vanessa Rubin, Mark Whitfield, James Williams, Phil Woods, and Joe Zawinul and the Czech State Philharmonic Orchestra Brno