Ray Santisi, a cherished member of Berklee’s Piano Department, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday night. Ray was an accomplished pianist who strived for authenticity and spontaneity in his music, and encouraged his students to do the same. Piano Department faculty and staff remembered their colleague this week:
Dear Berklee Community,
The Piano Department is saddened and shocked to have to report the passing of our beloved elder-statesman of jazz piano at Berklee, Ray Santisi. Ray has been teaching piano here for the past 57 years and has had an enormous impact on the lives of many of the present Berklee faculty and students from around the world who have studied with him and knew him over the years. Those who didn’t study with him probably played with him. Ray passed away unexpectedly Tuesday night after having had successful cardiac surgery last week. We’re all stunned by the news as we fully expected him to recuperate.
Please comfort any of your students who may be shocked and saddened by this news.
Below find information about his wake and funeral service.
The Piano Department
Please share your memories of Ray in the comment section below.
Monday, November 3, 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Gormley Funeral Home
2055 Centre Street
West Roxbury, MA 02132
Tuesday, November 4, 10:00 a.m.
1545 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02120