Location: Missouri, USA
Ryan Wilson Sullivan, a native of St. Louis, is currently a Masters student in Choral Conducting at Texas Tech University with Rick Bjella where he works as a Graduate Conductor and a Graduate Instructor of Aural Skills. For five years he taught choral music at Lee's Summit High School and Lee's Summit West High School in Lee's Summit, Missouri. As a 2009 graduate of the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory of Music, he received Bachelor degrees in both Music Education and Vocal Performance. While at the Conservatory, Ryan studied choral music with Dr. Charles Robinson and Dr. Ryan Board, and voice with Vinson Cole. Thanks to a research grant from UMKC, Ryan was able to conduct archival research on Franco-Flemish composers Dufay and Ockeghem.
Ryan has a rich background in choral music. He has sung under the direction of Rick Bjella, Simon Carrington, Eph Ehly, Weston Noble, Anton Armstrong, Joseph Jennings and Charles Bruffy. Ryan sang in Kansas City Collegium Vocale, Simon Carrington Chamber Singers and was a founding member of the Kansas City Men's Ensemble. Ryan's choral compositions have been performed by the St. Charles County Youth Choir and Lee's Summit High School choirs.
Ryan has also served as Youth and Student R&S Chair for the Missouri Choral Directors Assoc. and as President and Vice-President for American Choral Directors Assoc. UMKC Chapter. In 2014 he was the recipient of MCDA's "Prelude Award" and "Director of the Year" for Kansas City Metro. He has also been an adjudicator for music festivals and consultant for music education development.
Ryan's wife, Kristen, is an actress/singer in the KC area and voice teacher.