Ryan Keeling, Assistant Conductor
Ryan Keeling is active as a teacher, singer and conductor in the Pittsburgh area. Ryan is the Assistant Director of Music and Worship Life at Christ United Methodist Church in Bethel Park and the Conductor of the Pappert Men’s Chorale at Duquesne University. Holding positions in the artistic leadership of two of Pittsburgh’s premiere choral ensembles, Ryan serves as the Artistic Director of Voces Solis and the Assistant Conductor of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s “chorus of choice.” As Music Director and Principal Conductor of OvreArts, Ryan conducts the OvreArts Sinfonia and is the founding conductor of the OvreArts Chamber Singers. In that role, he conducted the world premiere performance of Luke Mayernik’s choral-orchestral ballet, The Alkonost and has premiered more than 70 new works.
Ryan was previously the Director of Choral Music at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, a Professional Core tenor in The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, and an adjunct faculty member at West Liberty University where he taught private and class voice, the West Liberty University Women’s Vocal Ensemble, and Music Appreciation.
As a tenor soloist Ryan has been heard in The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh’s concert of Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor and in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Music for the Spirit concert at Rodef Shalom Congregation. He was a soloist at the 2012 National Pastoral Musicians National Conference where he sang for the Oregon Catholic Press showcase. Also in 2012 he made his New York City debut as tenor soloist performing Bach’s cantata BWV 4 Christ Lag in Todesbanden and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Ryan was recently the tenor soloist for Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Bach’s Wedding Cantata and selections from Haydn’s Creation with the Fairmont State University choirs.
Before moving to Pittsburgh, Ryan taught at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland. At St. Andrew’s he served as middle and upper school choral music director, Chapel music director and assistant middle and upper school baseball coach.
Ryan holds the M.M. degree in Choral Conducting from East Carolina University, where he studied with Dr. Daniel Bara, and the B.A. degree in Music Education from West Liberty State College, where he studied conducting with Dr. Alfred de Jaager and voice with Dr. Linda Cowan. Ryan is pursuing the D.M.A. degree in Conducting at West Virginia University where he has studied with Dr. Kym Scott, Dr. Jeffery Redding, Dr. Mitch Arnold, and Professor John Hendricks. He has worked with such preeminent conductors as Dale Warland, Simon Carrington, William Weinert, and Kenneth Fulton.