Ron Passaro is a composer based in New York City.
He has had a very diverse and rewarding composing career, which includes writing 3 full length musicals, orchestrating songs for My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, writing a brass fanfare for the West Point Band, writing music for numerous commercials, the score to a Children’s Defense Fund tribute to Hillary Clinton, as well as scoring numerous films, licensing his music over 6,000 times and writing cues for dozens of popular TV shows.
These days, Ron is focusing on his musical theatre composing career first and foremost while making time to work on projects that he is passionate about.
He is also currently a composer at the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.
Recent notable works:
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 presented it in cabaret format to rave reviews at Feinstein’s/54 Below for 3 sold-out nights: July 5-7, 2018, it played Guild Hall in East Hampton on August 11th, and played the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center in Westhampton on September 15th. The show sold out Feinstein’s/54 Below again to standing ovations in February of 2019. The team is excited to announce that the show will be back at Feinstein’s at the Nikko in June of 2019 – more info here.
Ron also recently completed the score to the upcoming feature documentary, “Studio in the Sky,” that he co-scored with Shawn P. Russell. Watch the trailer here.
Ron is honored to have scored the hit feature documentary, Queen Mimi, from Director Yaniv Rokah and Executive Producer Michael Shamberg (Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained). The film was released in theaters April 15, 2016. It is now available on Netflix here. Watch the trailer here.
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.