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Savianeso, Michael Memorial Scholarship

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Michael Savianeso, Media Services, Asst. Manager retired in 2018 after 30 years at Ramapo. He passed on July 8, 2020 at age 66 after being diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Michael’s love of music was second only to his love of June, his wife of 35 years. From an early age he became skilled at playing guitar and writing songs. He was too shy to perform in public and decided that live sound and production were his destiny. His professional career spanned work in rock clubs with top Jersey bands, road tours with Atlantic Starr, Evelyn Champagne King, other headliners, and house engineer at Ashford and Simpson’s club Twenty Twenty.

At Ramapo College, he enjoyed working with students, staff and faculty. He thought of them all as family. Michael had a music studio at home where he wrote, played and sang. He was writing and playing up until the time he passed.

“He always looked for the best in people and had a ready smile that warmed people’s hearts,” said June.

June Savianeso created the Michael Savianeso Memorial Scholarship to recognize Ramapo students who are involved in the Music program and share Michael’s love of music. The recipient will be nominated and selected by the music faculty in consultation with the Dean of the School of Contemporary Arts.

  • Student enrolled in any of the Music disciplines of the School of Contemporary Arts; undergraduate or graduate programs
  • Good academic standing
  • Demonstrated financial need as determined by Foundation policy; (Financial need will be determined in coordination with the Office of Financial Aid, based on FAFSA, taking into account unmet need and other awards received)

This scholarship is not awarded through the application process.


2022 Recipients

Pamela Martinez

“I am so happy and grateful for being a first generation scholar. Through the support of my family and academic mentors, I have grown as a multi-instrumentalist, performer, and producer. I formed my first band, recorded an EP, and consistently worked within the arts realm. This semester pushed me out of my comfort zone and I’m proud of myself for learning how to balance all my personal and professional endeavors.” says Pamela Martinez.

Pamela is a Music Production major. She has a 3.5 GPA and is a member of honor societies NSLS and NSCS. At Ramapo, she was a Spanish tutor for three years, President of the Ramapo Music Club for two years and participated in the symphonic, jazz and pep bands throughout her four years. She currently works as an audio engineer at the Berrie Center’s Sharp Theater.

“I am determined and ecstatic to work with sound for the rest of my life. The experimental approach to sound design has transformed the way I implement new methods and technology. Flexibility, patience and kindness is key to building lasting relationships. I enjoy building community and identity. Discussing social and political consciousness through my musical endeavors is important to me.”

After graduation, she plans to pursue an M.F.A. in Creative Music Technology at Ramapo College (4+1 program) while working at a studio as an audio engineer and releasing original material. She strives to work for Audiotree or Atlantic Records in the future.

Pamela is from Bound Brook, N.J.


James Martorana

James Martorana of Brick, N.J. is music major at Ramapo with concentrations in music performance and music education. He has a 3.8 GPA.

At Ramapo, James plays guitar in Jazz Ensemble, is a member of Music Club, and participates in Faculty-Student Research with Ramapo professors.

James has played all over the tri-state area, at venues such as The Stone Pony (Asbury Park, NJ), The Mercury Lounge (New York City, NY), and The Grape Room (Philadelphia, PA). “I hope to continue performing as a career, as well as teaching private music lessons after I graduate.”


2021 Recipient

James Moore

James Moore of Lincoln Park, N.J. is a Music major with a concentration in Music Production. He has a 4.0 GPA and previously earned his A.S. in Music Recording from the County College of Morris.

James sang in the Ramapo Chorale and the audition ensembles for two years as a tenor. He was featured in multiple solos, including a performance of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” at the 2019 Commencement Ceremony. 

Before the pandemic he also hosted a weekly radio show on WRPR, where he reviewed a selection of his favorite albums. After graduating, James hopes to pursue radio and podcasting professionally while continuing to produce music independently.

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