Associate Conductor, Collegium Singers
Assistant Conductor, Dallas Symphony Chorus
Ryan W. Sullivan is an active conductor and singer. Currently, he is a third year doctoral student in Choral Conducting at the University of North Texas where he studies conducting with Dr. Allen Hightower, continuo with Dr. Brad Bennight, and voice with William Joyner. He will graduate from UNT with a cognate in Early Music Performance Practice and his dissertation will produce an edition of vespers from 17th century Venice. Other research interests include pre-service teacher education and hymnology.
Sullivan is currently the Conducting Associate of the Dallas Symphony Chorus where he also works as the Chorus Administrator. During his time at UNT, he has conducted the Collegium Singers, Baroque Orchestra, Men’s Chorus, has been the Assistant Conductor of the A Cappella Choir, and taught undergraduate conducting. He recently conducted world premieres of music by Robert Beaser as well as the North American premiere of the opera Le mariage d’Antonio by Lucille Grétry, the recording for which was featured on Radio Suisse. In 2018, he will conduct the North American premiere of the opera Coronide by Vit Zouhar. He currently serves as Director of Music Ministries at Northway Christian Church in Dallas.
As a professional choral singer he has performed with the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, San Antonio Chamber Choir, and The Cecilia Ensemble (GA). As a soloist, he has recently been seen as Pilate and the Bass soloist in productions of Bach’s St. John Passion, Siméon in Debussy’s L’Enfant Prodigue, and Bass soloist in Schubert’s Mass in G. In 2017 he made his first appearance at the Boston Early Music Festival in a chamber ensemble from UNT.
Sullivan holds a master’s degree in Choral Conducting from Texas Tech University as well as bachelor’s degrees in Voice Performance and Music Education from the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory. Prior to his graduate studies, he taught choral music in Lee’s Summit, MO where he taught concurrently at two large high school programs. In 2014 he was named “Kansas City Metro Director of the Year” and received the “Prelude” Award from the Missouri Choral Directors Association. In 2018, he was the recipient of the “Adams-Nordstrom Early Music Award” at UNT for excellence in scholarship and performance. Sullivan lives in Denton with his wife, Kristen, who is a doctoral student in voice at UNT.