Ron Passaro is an award winning composer based in New York City.
Ron’s film music has recently been featured in 100+ festivals worldwide, including Slamdance, Vail Film Festival, DocFest, Manhattan Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, VisionFest, Anaheim International Film Festival (audience award, best live-action short film), Breckenridge Festival (best film award), the Palm Springs International ShortFest and the Palm Beach International Film Festival (best short film award).
Recent awards include Best Original Score from the Long Island International Film Expo, an award from the Indie Gathering International Film Scoring Competition, Best Original Theme in a Motion Picture from the Garden State Film Festival and a Gold Medal for Excellence in Music for a Short Film at the Park City Film Music Festival.
Ron wrote the music for the musical “Queen of Mean – The Rise and Fall of Leona Helmsley” with collaborators David Lee and Alex Lippard – it was recently presented in concert form starring The Walking Dead and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Tovah Feldshuh as Leona Helmsley.
Tovah Discusses Playing Leona Helmsley on NBC’s New York Live – March 2, 2016
Ron recently completed the score for the feature documentary, Queen Mimi, from Director Yaniv Rokah and Executive Producer Michael Shamberg (Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained).
The film will be released in theaters April 15, 2016.
Queen Mimi trailer released, featuring music from the score by Ron Passaro
Since 2011, Ron has sold over 4,500 licenses to his music for commercial use in film, TV and online projects.
Ron launched his own music production company, Audio Verite, in 2013 with co-founder Shawn P. Russell. Recent clients include AIG, M&G Investments and Reuters. Their music can currently be heard on popular TV shows such as “Pawn Stars,” “Amish Mafia,” “Catfish,” “Ink Master,” “Too Cute,” “Married to Medicine,” “House of Horrors,” “For My Man” and “The Real Housewives of Miami.” They also wrote the theme song for the Travel Channel show, “Hotel Amazon.”
On the occasion of the Children’s Defense Fund’s 40th Anniversary, Ron completed 10 minutes of music for a tribute to Hillary Clinton. The event was held on September 30th, 2013 at Washington D.C.’s famed Kennedy Center with Hillary Clinton in attendance for the event.
Ron was honored to have a brass fanfare commissioned and performed by the West Point Band in honor of the West Side Presbyterian Church’s centennial celebration. It had its world premiere at the church on October 14th, 2011.
He has also worked as an orchestrator for the new Pound Puppies and My Little Pony television series airing on The Hub TV network.
Ron studied music and orchestration with Osvaldo Golijov at the College of the Holy Cross where he received the Beethoven Award for outstanding composition. He continued on to get his MFA at the Tisch Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program at NYU and studied small ensemble composition with Conrad Cummings at The Juilliard School. Ron also attended Hollywood orchestrator Scott Smalley’s Advanced Orchestration Course: “The Art and Craft of Orchestration for Film & TV.”
Ron Passaro is a proud member of ASCAP and the SCL.