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Ryan Keebaugh’s “innovative and hauntingly beautiful” (The Washington Post) music has established him as a prominent composer of his generation. Praised for its “gorgeous canvases of heart-wrenching sound,” his music has been heard in venues throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe by world class musicians and ensembles including Megan Ihnen, soprano; the Shenandoah Conservatory Cantus Singers, Anne Epperly, flutist; Diane Phoenix-Neal, violist; Music Harmonia, Eastern Mennonite University Emulate Chamber Ensemble, Western Michigan University Chorale, Eastern Mennonite Chamber Singers, University of South Florida Chamber Singers, Holly Roadfeldt, pianist; Fresno State Concert Choir, Ethos Collective, Sesquisharp Productions, Great Noise Ensemble, members of the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Catholic University of America Orchestra and Chorus, and Winchester Musica Viva. 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). He has received awards and recognition from Analog Arts, ASCAP, the American Prize, and the Virginia Music Educators Association.
Noted for his “expressive, concise, insightful, and sensitive” conducting, 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, Bruton Parish Church, Mennonite Church USA, and MEDA. Previously, Ryan served as Music Director and Conductor for the world premiere performance of Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadows; an opera by composer Steven Allen, at The Catholic University of America and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C.
Originally from Martinsburg, Pennsylvania, Ryan (b. 1980) earned graduate degrees from The Catholic University of America (DMA) and Shenandoah University (MM), and is a graduate of Bridgewater College (BA). His principal teachers have included Libby Larsen, Roshanne Etezady, Daniel McCarthy, William Averitt, Andrew Earle Simpson, Steven Strunk, and John Hilliard.
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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
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
beyond ideas, for choir (SATB) a cappella, MusicSpoke, Lincoln, NE, 2015
thy light which is brighter than the sun and the moon, for choir (SATB) and string quartet, MusicSpoke, Lincoln, NE, 2015
in the Dooryard, for soprano and piano, MusicSpoke, Lincoln, NE, 2015
The Suffering Servant, for choir (SATB) a cappella, MusicSpoke, Lincoln, NE, 2014
Ayin, for choir (SATB) a cappella, MusicSpoke, Lincoln, NE, 2014
Our Father, for choir (SSAA) a cappella, MusicSpoke, Lincoln, NE, 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
Exhibits, Performances and Productions
- in the Dooryard, was performed by mezzo-soprano, Megan Ihnen, as part of the UMKC Summer Composition Workshop, June, 20th.
- Guest Composer, April 26th, The University of Texas, Tyler.
- Guest Conductor, Shenandoah All-County Choir Festival, April 25th – 26th, Strasburg High School, Strasburg, VA
- Holly Roadfeldt, pianist, performed Thread Prelude, March 22nd, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.
- Guest Choral Clinician, March 9th, Jefferson County Public Schools, Harpers Ferry Middle School, Harpers Ferry, WV.
- Kontakia I & II was performed as part of the Viola and Folks- Faculty Recital, Diane Phoenix-Neal, Viola, March 20 at 4 pm, The Chapel, Central College, Pella, Iowa.
- Kontakia I & II was performed as part of the Viva Viola!- Faculty Recital, Diane Phoenix-Neal, Viola, March 23 at 7:30 pm, Sheslow Auditorium Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa.
- The Emulate Chamber Ensemble performed enlighten the darkness of my heart and The Suffering Servant as part of their Spring Break Tour, March 4th – 7th.
- Holly Roadfeldt, pianist, performed Thread Prelude, March 7th, as part of the New Music Series at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
- Holly Roadfeldt, pianist, performed Thread Prelude, March 3rd, Manchester University, IN.
- The Emulate Chamber Ensemble performed The Suffering Servant, February 27th, The Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA.
- Guest Conductor, District 14 Choral Festival, February 12th – 13th, Millbrook High School, Winchester, VA
- Anne Epperly, flutist, performed_ consider and answer me_, Feb. 21st, The 2016 Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention, Reston, VA.
- Diane Phoenix-Neal, violist, performed Kontakia I & II, January 10th, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisburg, VA
- Holly Roadfeldt, pianist, performed Thread Prelude, October 22nd, Carson Newman University, TN
- Graphic scores selected as part of the Closet Music: Imaginary Soundworlds exhibition, The Proud Archivist, London, UK, September 14th – 27th, 2015
- Musica Harmonia performed The Human One, for string trio, June 17th, The Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisburg, VA.
- Holly Roadfeldt, pianist, performed Thread Prelude, May 31st, The Ward Virts Concert Series, College of Southern Maryland.
- Guest Conductor, Shenandoah All-County Choir Festival, April 17th-18th, Stonewall Jackson High School, Quicksburg, VA
- The Eastern Mennonite University Chamber Singers performed beyond ideas, April 12th, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisburg, VA.
- Aleksander Tengesdal performed Kontakia, for cello, April 4th, Studio Z, St. Paul, MN.
- Erin Hershey performed consider and answer me, for solo flute, March 22nd, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisburg, VA.
- Winchester Musica Viva performed …thy light which is brighter than the sun and the moon, December 19th – 21st, Grace Lutheran Church, Winchester, VA.
- The Eastern Mennonite University Chamber Singers performed, ..thy light which is brighter than the sun and the moon, December 7th, Emmanuel Episcopal Church , Harrisonburg, VA.
- Aleksander Tengesdal performed Kontakia, for cello, November 28th, North New Music Concert, Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada.
- The Eastern Mennonite University Chamber Singers performed ..thy light which is brighter than the sun and the moon, November 15th, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA.
- The Eastern Mennonite University Women’s Choir performed Our Father, November 15th, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA.
- Winchester Musica Viva performed …thy light which is brighter than the sun and the moon, May 17th and 18th, Grace Lutheran Church, Winchester, VA.
- The Western Michigan University Chorale performed The Suffering Servant, SCI Region V Conference, March 27th – 29th, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.
- The University of South Florida Chamber Singers performed The Suffering Servant, USF New Music Festival, February 13th-15th, The University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.
- Ethos Collective performed two graphic scores from Descent into Madness, February 1st, Open Space Centre, Victoria, BC, February 1st.
Honors, Awards and Grants
Iron Composer Finalist, Baldwin Wallace University, Conservatory of Music: September 2015
SCI Composers Conference, Western Michigan University: March 2014
University of South Florida New Music Festival: 2014
Fresno New Music Festival: 2014
The Aspen Music Festival Composers’ Conference: 2013
The American Prize in Choral Composition, Semi-finalist: 2013, 2012
Composers & Schools in Concert: 2011 – present
Composer-in-Residence, Wildacres Artist Colony: 2011
Countermotion Publishing, Composer & Arranger: 2010 – present
Composer-in-Residence, Factory 449: Theatre Collective : 2009 -2011
The Catholic University of America President’s Festival: 2007
Guest Composer, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fl : 2006
Composer-in-Residence, Wildacres Artist Colony: 2005
Interlochen Summer Music Festival: 2003
Certifications and Licenses
PK-12 Vocal Music
PK-12 Instrumental Music
International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, Music Theory I & II
Society of Composers, Inc.
Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic
Composers and Schools in Concert
Electronic Music Foundation
American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers
Professional Conferences Attended
Virginia Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference, November 19th-21st, 2015
New Courses Taught
Intro to Music Technology (CMUS 201 A) Spring 2016
Intellectual Life Committee