DrRicarte  Dr. John Ricarte
Founder, Conductor & Music Director

Dr. John Antonio Ricarte is the Music Director and Conductor of the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he teaches Strings at Cypress-Falls High School where he is Fine Arts Department Chair. His orchestras have consistently received sweepstakes at UIL and other competitions. For ten years Dr. Ricarte was Music Director and Conductor of the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra. During his tenure the orchestra received many accolades and completed multiple performances of the great masters including an annual presentation of the complete Nutcracker with Ballet Forte of Fort Bend County in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Ricarte earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting at the University of South Carolina under Donald Portnoy, where he served as Assistant Conductor for both the University of South Carolina Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. His previous training includes a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting at Michigan State University under Leon Gregorian, and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Music and Speech Communication from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio. In 2005 he traveled to Romania and conducted the Satu-Mare State Philharmonic Orchestra.

Dr. Ricarte's experience includes working with a diverse number of groups from youth to adult, orchestra and ballet, to opera, wind, and choral ensembles. Dr. Ricarte was one of seven finalists chosen among young conductors from around the world to participate in a conducting competition held in Portugal.  

A native of Lisbon, Portugal, Dr. Ricarte is fluent in French, English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Dr. Ricarte lives in Houston with his wife, a native Houstonian and a fifteen year old daughter.