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Ryan Keebaugh

DEPARTMENT: Lancaster General Education

POSITION: Assistant Professor


POSITION: Assistant Professor

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | LA 004

PHONE: (540) 432-4223


Noted for his “energetic, expressive, concise, insightful, and sensitive conducting” (The Washington Post), Ryan’s versatile and vibrant musicianship has distinguished him as a leading music educator and frequent guest conductor and clinician to numerous choral and instrumental ensembles throughout the United States. Ryan’s choral ensembles have been invited to perform at international and national festivals, master classes, and historic locations including The Washington National Cathedral, St. John the Divine, New York University Steinhardt, The Kennedy Center, Bruton Parish Church, and the Edinburgh Cathedral (Scotland). Ryan has also maintained an active career within the marching arts. He has worked with several championship high school band programs in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Texas as a music arranger, brass technician, and marching instructor. He was a performing member of The Cadets and Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps and has been a consultant for numerous DCI World Class Drum and Bugle Corps.

As a composer, Ryan’s “innovative and hauntingly beautiful” (The Washington Post) music has established him as a prominent composer and collaborator of his generation. Praised for its “gorgeous canvases of sacred minimalism” his music has been heard in venues throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Europe. He has received commissions and performances by pianist R. Andrew Lee, Megan Ihnen, mezzo-soprano; Musica Harmonia, Western Michigan University Chorale, University of South Florida Chamber Singers, Holly Roadfeldt, pianist; Fresno State Concert Choir, Ethos Collective, Great Noise Ensemble, among others. Ryan has participated in the Aspen Composers’ Conference, the Capital Fringe Festival, the Interlochen Summer Music Festival, and has held residencies at Wildacres Artist Colony, Factory 449 Theatre Collective, and the Composers & Schools in Concert (CSIC). His compositions have received awards and recognition from Analog Arts, ASCAP, the American Prize, the Raabe Music Prize, the Virginia Music Educators Association, and is exclusively published by MusicSpoke.

Previously, Ryan served on the faculty of Mary Baldwin University, Lord Fairfax Community College, and as the Director of Choral Activities for the Clarke County (VA) Public School System. Currently, Ryan is an Assistant Professor of Music at Eastern Mennonite University where he serves as the Director of Choral Activities and Coordinator of Music Theory.

Originally from Martinsburg, Pennsylvania, Ryan (b. 1980) earned graduate degrees from The Catholic University of America (DMA) and Shenandoah Conservatory (MM), and is a graduate of Bridgewater College (BA).

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D.M.A., The Catholic University of America, May 2010
Studies with: Andrew Earle Simpson, Steven Strunk
Master Classes with: John Adams, Robert Dick, William Bolcom, Nicholas Maw
Conducting studies with: Leo Nestor

M.M., Shenandoah University, May 2004
Studies with: William Averitt, Jena Root, Libby Larsen, Roshanne Etezady
Conducting studies with: Jan Wagner, John Boyd
Conducting Master Classes with: Frederick Fennell, Robert Shaffer

B.A., Bridgewater College, May 2002
Studies with: John Barr, John Hilliard
Conducting studies with: Jesse Hopkins, Richard House


Articles and Lectures:
Open Stillness: Uncertainty is Liberation.Aspen Composers’ Conference Procedings. Aspen, CO: 2013

Living Light, for choir (SAB), MusicSpoke, Kansas City, MO: 2018
Symphony: Dona Nobis Pacem, for baritone voice, choir, and strings, MusicSpoke, Kansas City, MO: 2018
radiant, yet invisible, for violin and viola, MusicSpoke, Kansas City, MO: 2018
The Human One, for string trio, MusicSpoke, Kansas City, MO: 2017
consider and answer me, for solo flute, MusicSpoke, Kansas City, MO: 2017
Thread Prelude, for piano, MusicSpoke, Kansas City, MO, 2017
beyond ideas, for choir (SATB) a cappella, MusicSpoke, Kansas City, MO, 2015
thy light which is brighter than the sun and the moon, for choir (SATB) and string quartet, MusicSpoke, Kansas City, MO: 2015
in the Dooryard, for soprano and piano, MusicSpoke, Kansas City, MO: 2015
The Suffering Servant, for choir (SATB) a cappella, MusicSpoke, Kansas City, MO: 2014
Ayin, for choir (SATB) a cappella, MusicSpoke, Kansas City, MO: 2014
Our Father, for choir (SSAA) a cappella, MusicSpoke, Kansas City, MO: 2014
Into the Dark, for percussion ensemble, Countermotion Inc., Statesboro, GA: 2014
Protocol, for percussion ensemble, Countermotion Inc., Statesboro, GA: 2014
stilLness, for choir (SSAATTBB) a cappella, The Deep Listening Institue Anthology, Kingston, NY: 2010