Associate Conductor, Collegium Singers
Assistant Conductor, Dallas Symphony Chorus
Ryan W. Sullivan is currently in his second year as a DMA student in choral conducting at the University of North Texas. When not at UNT, he works as the Administrator for the Dallas Symphony Chorus. Prior to UNT, Sullivan earned his MM in Choral Conducting at Texas Tech University where he studied with Richard Bjella and David Becker. While studying at TTU he conducted the University Singers, was the assistant conductor of the Women’s Chorale, and taught undergraduate courses in Aural Skills. He holds BME and BM degrees from the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance where he studied music education with Dr. Charles Robinson and voice with Vinson Cole. His dissertation project is focused on editing the music of 17th century Venetian composer, Giovanni Legrenzi.
Recently, Sullivan conducted performances of Claudio Monteverdi's "Missa in illo tempore" and Lucille Grétry's chamber opera "Le Mariage d'Antonio." Additionally, he has recently performed the roles of Pilate and Bass Soloist in Bach's "St. John Passion" (UNT and Austin Baroque Orchestra), and Simeon in Debussy’s “L’enfant prodigue” (Texas Tech). He has also sung with professional choral ensembles such as the Cecilia Ensemble, San Antonio Chamber Choir, Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, Spire Chamber Ensemble, and Collegium Vocale. Sullivan is an active composer and arranger for varied ensembles. At UNT he also studies harpsichord continuo with Dr. Brad Bennight and voice with Prof. Bill Joyner. He is an active guest speaker for undergraduate courses and organizations on topics related to music education.
Sullivan taught high school choral music in Lee’s Summit, MO where his students were consistently recognized at the district and state levels for their choral performance and music literacy. Additionally, he has directed children's choirs both in church and community settings. He has been recognized as the "Kansas City Metro Director of the Year" and received the "Prelude Award" from the Missouri Choral Directors Association. Sullivan has been very active in service to the American Choral Directors Association at the divisional, state, and university chapter levels. He lives in Denton with his wife, Kristen, a doctoral student in voice at UNT.