Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Ryan Beeken proudly serves as Director of Choral Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he conducts the 95-voice University Chorus and the 44-voice Chorale and teaches both graduate and undergraduate choral conducting. Dr. Beeken received Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Drake University and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University.
Dr. Beeken’s choirs have performed at State, Regional, and National Conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. His collaborations include projects with Simon Estes, Cantus, the King Singers, David Dickau, James Mulholland, and Andrea Ramsey. A frequent clinician and festival director, Dr. Beeken is regularly engaged as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States. He has served on the executive committee of the American Choral Directors Association at both the state and regional level and he regularly presents sessions for symposia on topics including repertoire, rehearsal techniques, motivation, conductor - student relationships, and program building.
Prior to his appointment at IUP, Dr. Beeken taught at Michigan State University where he conducted the Women’s Glee Club and while residing in Des Moines, Iowa, directed the Drake Chorale at Drake University. He also taught elementary, middle school, and high school music for sixteen years in the Iowa public schools, most recently serving as Director of Vocal Music for Waukee Schools in suburban Des Moines where he led a program of over 300 students and twelve ensembles to national distinction.