Significant teachers and mentors:
Several of his teachers/mentors that were most helpful in helping him reach his goals were: Robert Palmieri at Kent State University, Joseph Hungate from the Oberlin Conservatory, Mme. Olga Conus, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, George Shearing, and Dr. Paul Cooper- Composition.
Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise:
I see myself as a "Cultural Warrior"
Professional affiliations & activities:
Mr. Surace was given the Illinois Library Association Award "Best of the Best V" (2005 and 2006) Director/conductor "IFS" jazz orchestra, and is also a member of NSMTA, and AIM Adjudicator
Interests outside of music:
Ron enjoys reading, composing and learning music, religious studies, and watching BBC theater productions.
Favorite composer or piece to play:
J.S. Bach, Ron Surace, Chopin, JS Bach, Mozart, Schumann, Beethoven, Liszt, Bull, Berg, Prokofieff, Ravel, Debussy, Bartok, Scarlatti, and L. Couperin.