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Abel Ramirez

Assistant Professor of Music, Dr. Abel Saldivar Ramirez holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from UCLA.  After serving as the Acting Director of Bands at the University Of Illinois School Of Music, the world’s oldest and largest band program, in 2008/2009, he subsequently served as an Associate Professor of Music and Assistant Director of Bands.  In 2012, Ramirez accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Music and Conductor of the Del Mar College Wind Ensemble. 

From 2003 to 2008, Dr. Ramirez was the Director of Bands, Head of the Conducting Division, and Chair of the Instrumental Area at California State University, Los Angeles where he raised the wind ensemble to a level of national prominence, receiving numerous invitations to perform at state and national conferences.  Prior to accepting an invitation to begin graduate study at UCLA in 2000, Ramirez enjoyed a highly successful career as a Texas 5A high school music educator from 1993 to 2000.  
In May 2007, Dr. Ramirez made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut. Shortly afterwards, Dr. Ramirez was appointed Resident Guest Conductor for the International Honors Wind Symphony, which he founded in a collaborative effort with Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY). He conducted a performance of the International Honors Wind Symphony at the Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in May, 2009 in conjunction with the Lincoln Center’s 50th anniversary celebration.  He also served as the guest conductor for the 4A Texas All-State Band in February 2011.

Dr. Ramirez' musical knowledge, teaching experience, and artistic conducting expertise is diverse. He has conducted countless wind ensembles and symphony orchestras, opera, and numerous musicals. In addition, Ramirez maintains a highly active schedule as a consultant, clinician, and adjudicator for wind bands, orchestras, marching bands, and jazz bands from across the United States and abroad.