Former President of the Boston Conservatory, Mr Richard Ortner has passed away following a battle with cancer – aged 71.
Mr Ortner led the music school from 1998 until 2017, and served a leading role in the school's merger between the Boston Conservatory and the Berklee College of Music.
"The energy and vision he brought to the school attracted talented faculty, introduced groundbreaking student resources and programs and led the Conservatory through two historic facility expansions ..." Boston Conservatory at Berklee Executive Director, Cathy Young has this week said.
"Everything Richard did was to support students and lift them to reach their highest potential ... I am deeply honored to have known Richard as both a colleague and a friend," she has said.
Our condolences are with his family, friends, colleagues and students.