Selected Presentations

  • De Ritis, A., (Keynote Speaker), Keynote Address, 2009 Northeast Regional Conference, College Music Society. Delivered the keynote address, “Music in a Changing Society”, for the 2009 Northeast Regional Conference of the College Music Society, Eastern Nazarene University (March 21, 2009).
  • De Ritis, A., (Featured Speaker), Forum on Strategic Music Diplomacy, Paris, France. A symposium on “Strategic Music Diplomacy: Exploring Models of Cultural and Social Engagement” at the Cercle de l’Union Interalliée, Paris. This panel, which included Lady Valerie Solti, the widow of Sir Georg Solti and patron of the World Orchestra for Peace, was moderated by Hans d’Orville, Assistant Director-General for Strategy, UNESCO (November 13, 2008).
  • De Ritis, A., (Panelist), Fulbright Association’s “Arts Task Force” in Beijing, China, Invited by the Executive Director of the Fulbright Alumni Association, as part of their 31st Annual Conference, “The Interconnected World” (October 20, 2008).
  • De Ritis, A., (Guest Lecturer), Creative Industries, EO Boston. For the EO (Entrepreneurs Organization) Boston conference on Business Opportunities in Emerging Technologies, Alumni Center Pavilion, NU (July 24, 2008).
  • De Ritis, A., (Producer), “Powering Up: Boston’s Digital Game Industry”, hosted by The City of Boston, Mayor Thomas M. Menino, at Northeastern University, presenters include leaders of Boston’s academic, artistic, game development, government, and investment communities seeking to develop strategies that support the growth and sustainability of Boston’s digital game industry (April 21, 2007).


  • MBA (2002) Northeastern University, Boston, MA; High-Tech, Managing Technological Innovation
  • PhD (1997) University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA; Music Composition, with an emphasis in computer applications in music
  • MM (1992) Ohio University, Athens, OH; Music Composition, with emphasis in electronic music
  • Certificate d’Études (Summers 1991, 1992); Écoles D’Art Américaines, Conservatoire de Musique, Fontainebleau, France; Music Composition
  • BA (1990) Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA; Music with Departmental Honors; Major Concentration in Business Administration; Minor in Philosophy
  • Coursework (Summer 1990) University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; Private lessons in music composition and orchestration
  • Coursework (Summer 1989) New York University, New York, NY; Courses in music for film, recording technology, music business

Research & Teaching Interests

Creative Industries; Design Thinking and Market-Driven Innovation in the Music and Entertainment Industry; Interactive Real-Time Performance; Digital Media; Music Composition; Cultural Diplomacy; Sound Design

Industry & Academic Experience

  • 2011-present: Jointly Appointed, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group, D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • 2010-present: Professor and Chair, Music Department, College of Arts, Media and Design, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • 2008-2010: Professor and Chair, Music Department, College of Arts and Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • 2006-2009: Member, Board of Advisors, School of Technological Entrepreneurship, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • 2000-2009: Director, Multimedia Studies Program, College of Arts and Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • 2005-2008: Director, Masters of Professional Studies program in Digital Media, College of Professional Studies, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • 2003-2008: Associate Professor and Chair, Music Department, College of Arts and Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • 1998-2003: Assistant Professor, Music Department, College of Arts and Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • 1998: Lecturer, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco, CA
  • 1997-1998: Assistant to Project Manager, Stratford Communications, San Mateo, CA
  • 1995-1998: Vice President, Board of Directors, Independent Media Artists Group (IMAGE); Palo Alto, CA

Services to the Profession

Creativity and design thinking specializing in sound, interactive environments, and project management for web-based marketing and production

Awards & Recognition

  • 2007-2009: Awarded the Fusion Arts Exchange grant from the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs; $880,000; invited to lecture and oversee a U.S. State Department performance at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France (2007)
  • 2006: Distinguished Alumni Award, College of Fine Arts, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
  • 2005: “BSO Online Conservatory” (2002-2007 –, declared a “best practice” in web-based “integrated” or “left-brained” marketing by Forrester Research