Prior to joining the Office of the Provost in 2011, Bruce Ronkin 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, and Interim Dean for the College of Arts & Sciences and Interim Dean for the College of Arts, Media and Design (2014-15). 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 sits on the board of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association, has served as President of the International Wind Synthesis Association, and as 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 Etats Généraux Mondiaux du Saxophone in Angers, France, and several World Saxophone Congresses around the globe.
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. He is the author of several books including, The Londeix Guide to the Saxophone Repertoire (1844-2012). Ronkin’s two-volume work, The Orchestral Saxophonist, is a required text at universities and conservatories throughout the world.