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Carmino Ravosa

Bachelor of Music 1957
Master of Music Education 1965

Carmino Ravosa is one of the most popular songwriters for schools in America.  He is best known for his songs published by Silver Burdett & Ginn (currently a division of Pearson Scott Foresman), many with themes related to American history. He received his Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music Education from The Hartt School of Music (now The Hartt School) in Hartford, Connecticut.  In 2009 he was given the honor of being named The Hartt School Alumnus of the Year.

Ravosa is the Composer-in-Residence and Faculty Fellow at the Dalton School, a private school in New York City. He was formerly the Composer-in-Residence for the Edison Project, now known as Edison Schools, the largest private manager of 150 charter schools across the nation. He is an author for two of Silver Budett & Ginn's music textbook series, World of Music and The Music Connection and the composer of the theme musicals in these series. He was a songwriter for the CBS children's show Captain Kangaroo, the PBS program Shining Time Station, and the PBS publication Sesame Street Magazine.

On October 30, 1978, Ravosa gave a solo command performance of his musical Ghosts in the White House for President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter and 600 guests at the White House Halloween party. He also performed his "Shh! We're Writing the Constitution" and "From George to George" at the inaugural ceremony for President George H.W. Bush and again at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History on President's Day in honor of President George W. Bush.

His musical Seneca Falls was performed at the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York, and later at Carnegie Hall. Another musical, Scarecrow, based on Nathaniel Hawthorne's short-story "Feathertop", won four major awards at the International Light Opera Festival in Waterford, Ireland. He was the opening act with Dalton School students at the Gala Re-opening Celebration of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.

He has performed at many historic sites including:
  • Washington's Headquarters (where Washington refused to be crowned king) and "The Temple of Virtue" at the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site (where Washington prevented an officer mutiny) in Newburgh, New York; 
  • Fraunces Tavern in Manhattan; the John Adams House in Quincy, Massachusetts, (in a David McCullough teacher's seminar);
  • the Paul Revere House in Boston, Massachusetts; 
  • the Buckman Tavern associated with the American Revolution's first battle, located on the Battle Green in Lexington, Massachusetts;
  • the Thomas Paine Museum in New Rochelle, New York;
  • Washington Irving's home, Sunnyside, in Irvington, New York;
  • Washington Crossing Historic Park (where the Continental Army launched a surprise attack against the Hessians on Christmas Day), Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania.

For more information about Carmino Ravosa please go to:  www.carminoravosa.webs.com

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