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Ray Santos

Adjunct Professor Emeritus


Division of Humanities and the Arts




Shepard Hall 78

p: 212-650-5411


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  • Profile

    Our beloved Ray has decided to retire at the end of 2013. We honor his extraordinary contribution of 28 years of service bringing the joys of Latin music to a generation of adoring students.

    July 26, 2011 – The Latin Recording Academy in Los Angeles announced today that New York native Ray Santos, known as “El Maestro” of Mambo sound, will receive the Directive Council Prize at the Latin Grammy 2011.

    Santos has interpreted, composed, and arranged music for some of the most important Latin orchestras during his more than 50 years of musical career. He has produced music for projects such as The Mambo Kings film, and arranged for Linda Ronstadt’s album Frenesi and Paquito D’ Rivera’s Tropicana Nights, both of them winners of the Grammy Award. For over 25 years Santos taught music in the City College of New York and currently teaches at several high schools and universities all over the US. Santos has received the Chico O’Farrill Musical Excellence Prize and the Bobby Capo Musical Excellence Prize. He was inducted into the Latin Music Hall of Fame in 2003.

    Santos will be honored along with composer Manuel Alejandro and Mexico’s Jesus “Chucho” Ferrer on November 9 as part of the week’s celebrations of the 2011 Latin Grammy.

  • Education

    1952     Diploma, The Juilliard School of Music

  • Courses Taught

    Music 26005: The Latin Band

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