Director’s Profile


RA  062RLORAVI ABCARIAN – Executive Director

Ravi Abcarian has extensive experience within the nonprofit arts arena through his role as the Artistic Director of “The Richmond Jazz Collective,” a resident company at The East Bay Center for Performing Arts (EBCPA) where he taught from 1993 to 2013, successfully re-oriented the jazz program toward youth and developed and launched the first EBCPA Jazz Summer Day Camp.

Ravi has implemented music curricula in both public and private schools for grades K through 12 and has worked for the San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures In Music Program.

In 1997 Ravi was asked to join OJW as the bass teacher by Founding Director, Khalil Shaheed. Shortly after, Ravi was promoted to the position of Educational Director. In 2011, he was appointed Executive Director of OJW by Mr. Shaheed and the OJW Board of Directors.

As Executive Director, Ravi continues to work directly with the young musicians of OJW in weekly classes and workshops and enjoys working with the Board of Directors, Faculty and Staff to develop new ways to grow and enhance the organization.