Rey Ramirez is program director and co-founder of Soundscapes in Newport News, Virginia and has served within the field of music education for over 15 years. His service to the field has affected over 100,000 children through symphonic family concerts, school day education concerts, small ensemble work and individual teaching. Rey has held positions with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, as Senior Director of Education and Community Engagement, and with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, as Director of Education and Community Engagement. He has taught at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas while in graduate school and taught private Horn lessons since high school. While in Baltimore, Rey worked with the Baltimore Symphony’s El Sistema inspired program, OrchKids. It was through this experience, that he learned about El Sistema and realized its importance to the future of music education.
His experience has been called on as co-facilitator at the Take A Stand conference in Los Angeles and the Social Action Through Music Symposium in Philadelphia. Rey also works as a consultant to help establish new El Sistema programs through his consulting firm El Sistema Solutions.
Ramirez is an active freelance musician and has played with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Las Vegas Philharmonic and Abilene Opera, to name a few. Rey received his Bachelor of Music from the University of North Texas and his Master of Music from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He resides in Poquoson, Virginia with his wife, Cynthia, and his son and daughter, Samuel and Amelia.