Location: Missouri, USA
Ryan Wilson Sullivan, a native of St. Louis, is a Choral Director at Lee's Summit High School and Lee's Summit West High School and lives in Lee's Summit, Missouri. Click here to view some LSHS Choir performances. As a 2009 graduate of the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, he received Bachelor degrees in both Music Education and Vocal Performance. While at the Conservatory, Ryan studied music education with Dr. Charles Robinson, conducting with Dr. Ryan Board, voice with Vinson Cole and Dale Morehouse, and acting with Tony Humrichouser. Thanks to a research grant from UMKC, Ryan was able to conduct empirical and archival research on Franco-Flemish composers Dufay and Ockeghem. Other research areas have included audiation as it relates to timbral perception.
Ryan has a rich background in choral music. He has sung great works such as Bach's St. John Passion, Byrd's Mass for Five Voices, Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony, Bruckner's E Minor Mass and Charpentier's Messe des Morts. Additionally, he has sung under the direction of Eph Ehly, Weston Noble, Anton Armstrong, Richard Bjella, Joseph Jennings and Charles Bruffy. Ryan has sung in Kansas City ollegium Vocale, Simon Carrington Chamber Singers and is a founding member of the Kansas City Men's Ensemble.
Ryan enjoys performing in the classical, music theatre, and theatre fields. His guest soloist work includes selections from Handel's Messiah with the Pembroke Hill choirs, a performance with the St. Charles County Youth Choir. Ryan has had vocal coachings with Sherrill Milnes and Bruce Earnest. Roles include Edwin in Trial by Jury, Ronnie in House of Blue Leaves, Sky in Guys and Dolls and Herman in The Most Happy Fella. Ryan has been the music director for stage productions of "bare", "Curtains", "The Drowsy Chaperone", the midwest debut of "Coram Boy", "Titanic" and the Revival of "Kitty's Kisses".
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 Student Representative and later Youth and Student R&S Chair for the Missouri Choral Directors Assoc., as President and Vice-President for American Choral Directors Assoc. UMKC Chapter, and student coordinator for Leadership Development at UMKC. He has also been an adjudicator for music festivals and consultant for music education development. You can follow Ryan on Twitter and SoundCloud's music sharing site.
Ryan's wife, Kristen, is an actress/singer in the KC area and voice teacher.