Bruce Ronkin, Professor of Music and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, has taught courses in subjects including music business, copyright, and computer applications in the music industry. He served as chair of Northeastern’s Music Department from 1998-2002 and was the director of the Music Department’s Music Industry program from 1991-2002. Since 2002 he has served as Associate Dean, Senior Associate Dean, Interim Dean, and Vice Provost. Dr. Ronkin also serves on the board of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association. He has previously taught at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Lehigh University, and Rowan University.
Dr. Ronkin earned the Bachelor of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music, the Master of Music degree at Indiana University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Maryland. He has studied saxophone with Reginald Jackson, William Osseck, Ramon Ricker, and Eugene Rousseau. In recent years, Dr. Ronkin has become widely known as a pioneering specialist on the Wind Synthesizer, an electronic wind instrument. He has served as President of the International Wind Synthesis Association and Vice President of the North American Saxophone Alliance. Ronkin has extensive experience as a solo artist and as an ensemble performer. Appearances include the Schomburg Center in New York City, the Currier Museum, the New England Conservatory, Dartmouth College, Tufts University, the University of Florida, Shenandoah University, West Virginia University, the University of Georgia, the 1998 biennial conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance, the Tenth World Saxophone Congress in Pésaro, Italy, the 12th World Saxophone Congress in Montréal, and the Etats Généraux Mondiaux du Saxophone in Angers, France.
Bruce Ronkin has published articles in the Saxophone Symposium, the Saxophone Journal, and the MEIEA Journal (Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association). Since 2002 he has served as editor of the MEIEA Journal. His most recent publication (2012) is the Londeix Guide to the Saxophone Repertoire co-authored with French saxophone virtuoso Jean-Marie Londeix. Ronkin’s two-volume work, The Orchestral Saxophonist, co-authored with Robert Frascotti, is a required text at universities and conservatories throughout the world. His current research project is the editing and publishing of the early music for saxophone and piano originally published by Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone, in the 1850s and 1860s.