Ricki currently works with El Sistema-inspired programs in his native Northern California. Drawing upon his experience from the Sistema Fellows Program, Ricki aims to develop programming that will engage communities of the San Francisco Bay Area, and promote social justice values and musical excellence through his teaching.
Prior to the Fellowship, Ricki was a freelance clarinetist and private teacher. He holds a Master’s Degree and a Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Before moving to Boston, Ricki taught at the Young Musicians Program at University of California, Berkeley, a program that provided advanced musical training and weekly tutoring services for motivated, college-bound students from minority, low-income households.