Ron Levy is an American composer, performer, recording artist, and teacher.

His primary teachers include Nina Scolnik (piano), Paul Reale (composition), and Charles “Doc” Rutherford (jazz).

 

Ron earned his Masters in Music Composition from UCLA, with additional Jazz Studies at Orange Coast College. He attended the Taubman Institute in Amherst, Massachusetts, the Time of Music Festival at Viitasaari, Finland, and Barbara Conable's Body Mapping Masterclass, where he learned where his spine is.

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Ron’s early training included participation in recitals sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs. In 1968, he earned a Superior rating. He was very nervous, and apparently his name was Ronnie.

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In 1977 Ron undertook a pilgrimage to the Cabrillo Music Festival in Santa Cruz California. Aaron Copland’s music was featured that season, and Copland himself attended and spoke.

At one concert, Ron found himself standing just a few feet from the eminent composer (who was chatting with some ladies) but was too shy to introduce himself. Too bad!

 

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Ron's interest in music composition was really sparked by his contact with the Electronic Music Studio (EMS) at Orange Coast College (OCC), directed by Dr. Edith Smith. Ron spent long hours experimenting in the closet-sized space which contained worlds – and he also did an independent study with Dr. Smith in theory and more traditional modes of composition.

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Ron Levy "at the Moog" (1979)