|Birth name||Carmino Carl Ravosa|
January 29, 1930 |
Ravosa is best known for his songs published by Silver Burdett & Ginn, currently a division of Pearson Scott Foresman and numerous songs with themes related to American History. Ravosa is a 1957 graduate of the Hartt School of Music with a Master's Degree from Hartt School in Music Education in 1965. Ravosa is the Composer-in-Residence and Faculty Fellow at the Dalton School, a private school in New York City. He was formerly Composer-in-Residence for the Edison Project now known as the Edison Schools. Previously, he was a music teacher at the Fox Meadow School in Scarsdale, New York.
Ravosa is an author and editor for Silver Burdett & Ginn's music textbook series, "World of Music" and "The Music Connection"  and the composer of the theme musicals in these series. He was a songwriter for the CBS children's show Captain Kangaroo, Romper Room, the PBS program Shining Time Station, and also the PBS publication "Sesame Street Magazine".
Early Life and Family
Carmino Ravosa was born on January 29, 1930 in Springfield, Massachusetts , the oldest of three children, and the son of Anello and Elmira Ravosa. His father had a milk delivery business and a strong love of jazz and big band music of the 1930s and 1940s, and was the greatest influence on Carmino's music career. Ravosa and his brother Anthony worked in their father's milk delivery business for several years. After serving in the US Army, Ravosa attended the Hartt School of Music and graduated in 1957. He then earned a Master's Degree in Music Education from the Hartt School in 1965.
Ravosa gave a solo command performance of his musical "Ghosts in the White House" for President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter on October 30, 1978 at the White House Halloween party. He also performed his "Shh! We're Writing the Constitution" and "From George to George" at the inaugural ceremony for President George H.W. Bush and again at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History on President's day in honor of President George W. Bush.
His musical "Seneca Falls" was performed at the National Women's Hall of Fame and later at Carnegie Hall. Another musical "Scarecrow", based on Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story Feathertop, won four major awards at the International Light Opera Festival in Waterford, Ireland.
Ravosa has performed at many historic sites including: Washington's Headquarters in Newburgh, New York and The Temple of Virtue at the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site, as well as Washington's headquarters in White Plains, New York, Fraunces Tavern in Manhattan, the John Adams house in Quincy, MA (in a David McCullough teacher's seminar), the Paul Revere House in Boston, at Knapp's Tavern by Candlelight, the Thomas Paine Museum in New Rochelle, New York, the Buckman Tavern associated with the American Revolution's first battle in Lexington, Massachusetts, and Washington Irving's home Sunnyside in Irvington, NY.
On July 4, 2011, two of Ravosa's songs were included in HBO's Independence Day documentary, Citizen USA, directed by Emmy Award-winning film journalist Alexandra Pelosi. Marking his national television debut, this documentary focuses on the stories of new citizens across all 50 states. The film included a clip of Ravosa singing and playing "It's a Whole Other Country, Texas Is" and others singing a segment of his song, "Let's Hear it for America".
- Carmino Ravosa - You Can Get Me For A Song (Official Website)
- Alumni Profiles - The Hartt School
- Alumni to be Honored at Commencement - University of Hartford
- Carmino Ravosa Videos
- Children’s Favorite “It’s Me!” by Carmino Ravosa
- Children in Springfield sing "Dr. Seuss We Love You," written by composer Carmino Ravosa
- Dalton Alumni Blast - Sharing Expertise at Alumni Master Classes
- Fifth Graders at the American School in Bavaria present "Let's Hear it for America" by Carmino Ravosa
- Glorious Morning: A Documentary Musical Based on Sam Adams, John Hancock, and the Battle of Lexington
- Hamden's Wintergreen Interdistrict Magnet School sang "Make Us Free," by Carmino Ravosa
- Kendall School Production of This Beautiful Land We Share
- The Maine Music Box: Carmino Ravosa
- Mission Control - Words and Music by Carmino Ravosa
- New York Times - WESTCHESTER JOURNAL Atlanta cable television show, Nice People,
- New York Times - NEW YORK DAY BY DAY; 'Seneca Falls,' Dalton-Style
- New York Times - WESTCHESTER GUIDE Productions for Children
- Pekin Illinois Daily Times - Students Advocate Earth Day with Ravosa Musical
- Performance of One Big Happy Family by Carmino Ravosa
- Original Musical by Edison Artist-in-Residence Carmino Ravosa
- "Shh! We're Writing the Constitution"
- 170 Students Perform the Musical “Friends,” by Carmino Ravosa
- Presidents Day Weekend Events - Carmino Ravosa will offer his original musical compositions about our first president.
- Riverbend Music Program - Juneau Alaska
- Seneca Falls a 'documusical' on the history of women's rights written by composer Carmino Ravosa
- Sounds of Music - Slow and Steady by Carmino Ravosa
- Washington's Headquarters Starts Three-day Celebration
- World Of Music - Open Library
- Worcester Sings a Catchy Tune Written by Carmino Ravosa
- Books and Songs by Carmino Ravosa on Google. Google. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
- "Songs and Books by Carmino Ravosa". OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
- "A Passion For History Leads a Hartt Alumnus Down the Path to Historic Preservation". The Hartford Observer. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
- "2010 Dalton Alumni Council Master Class for Alums and Former Parents". The Dalton School Community. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
- "Music To Their Ears N "Wild" Musical, Hot Meals Entertain at Senior Celebration at River Festival Concert". The Wichita Eagle. May 12, 1999. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
- Hudson, Edward (May 10, 1981). "Westchester Journal". The New York Times. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
- "World of Music 5". Amazon.com. M. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
- "The Daily Diary of President Jimmy Carter". The Jimmy Carter Library. October 30, 1978. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
- "White Plains Troupe Gets 4 Festival Prizes". The New York Times. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
- "Knapp's Tavern by Candlelight is Sunday". Greenwich Post. December 9, 2004. Retrieved July 21, 2012.