New England Conservatory joins with the Atlanta Music Project to salute Sistema Fellow alumnus Dantes Rameau, co-founder and executive director of the Atlanta project, on being named one of the 2013 “Power 100” by Ebony Magazine. Dantes was a member of the inaugural class (2009-10) of Fellows and was followed to NEC in 2011-12 by Aisha Bowden, now cofounder and director of AMP’s AMPlify choral program.
Dantes was honored in the “Community Crusaders” segment of the Ebony awards and was a guest of honor at the second annual Ebony Power 100 Gala, Nov. 4, at New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. That invitation-only event honored Motown Records founder Berry Gordy with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Dantes reported that he "walked the red carpet at the gala behind the Jacksons and in front of [actor/comedian/rapper] Nick Cannon.”
As Executive Director of AMP, Dantes has raised nearly one million dollars for the organization and has grown programming to 150 students, 15 teaching artists and four sites.
Born in Ottawa, Canada, he holds a Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He graduated from McGill in 2005, receiving the award for “Outstanding Performance in Bassoon.” He then earned a Master of Music in Bassoon Performance from the Yale University School of Music, studying with Frank Morelli and graduating in 2007. In 2009 he completed a Performance Certificate at Carnegie Mellon University.