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In Memoriam: Ron Elliston, 1937 - 2015

Wed, Mar 25, 2015

It is with sadness that we announce that  Ron Elliston, a former member of our piano faculty, passed away on February 25, 2015.

In 1974, Ron accepted a position as Associate Professor of Music at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he trained students in classical and jazz music, and would do so for the next 30 years. Ron was instrumental in establishing the Jazz Studies program at Maryland. He initiated the Jazz Piano Study and Group Piano Improvisation Courses, and he designed and taught the first jazz history course and the first jazz workshop at the University of Maryland. Ron also arranged for his friend and musical hero Bill Evans give a performance and workshop at the University of Maryland, College Park campus.


Both at the University and from his home studio, Ron established himself as one of the areas preeminent piano teachers, providing a unique philosophical approach to learning music that attracted students on both the amateur and professional level. He pursued an understanding of the personal learning process and the impediments to learning that were commonly self-imposed by students.

The Elliston family has established a Go Fund Me site to support the family’s expenses related to Ron’s care in the final year of his life. You can find more information about Ron’s career and his contributions to the UMD School of Music at this link