First Artist Laureate
Frank Donaruma is Ridgefield Park’s Artist Laureate. In this role, Frank serves as an ambassador for arts and culture—one who represents artists and engages with the community to promote and advocate for the advancement of all the arts in our Village.
Frank has been a resident of Ridgefield Park for 14 years and is a member of the Ridgefield Park Arts Association. He has been a professional French horn player for over 40 years
During his illustrious career, he performed as the lead French horn player for the American Ballet Theater and as principal French horn for the Queens Symphony, Kansas City Philharmonic and New Jersey Symphony. He was also 1st French horn for the Baltimore Symphony and 2nd French horn for the Metropolitan Opera.
Frank has worked with notable celebrities including Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Joni Mitchell, Paul Anka and Rosie O’Donnell. He has toured with The National Ballet of Canada, The Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Ukraine Ballet, and performed during the New York seasons of The Martha Graham Dance Company, Stuttgart Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet and The Cuban National Ballet.
Frank has also performed in Broadway shows including My Fair Lady, 1776, A Doll’s Life, Oliver, Shogun, and The Education of Hyman Kaplan. He has recorded with Duke Ellington and the Charles Mingus Band and has made many recordings for TV jingles and films such as REDS and Cape Fear to name a few.
The Village of Ridgefield Park is extremely fortunate to have a musician of Frank’s caliber as its inaugural Artist Laureate for 2021.