Ron Passaro is a composer based in New York City.
Ron recently completed the music for the musical “Queen of Mean – The Rise and Fall of Leona Helmsley” with collaborators David Lee and Alex Lippard. Ron and team are excited to be moving into formal production with Tovah Feldshuh (The Walking Dead, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Salvation) playing Leona. Tovah will be presenting it in cabaret format at Feinstein’s/54 Below for 3 nights: July 5-7, 2018. Details here.
Since 2011, Ron has sold over 5,000 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 “American Pickers,” “The Filthy Rich Guide,” “Pawn Stars,” “Project Dad,” “Amish Mafia,” “Catfish,” “Ink Master,” “Too Cute,” “Married to Medicine,” “House of Horrors,” “For My Man,” “Manzo’d With Children,” “Alone” 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’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 studied music and orchestration with Shirish Korde and Osvaldo Golijov at the College of the Holy Cross where he was awarded the Beethoven Prize for best original 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, the SCL, the Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.) and sits on the board of the New York Chapter of the Ravel Study Group.