Ryan Keeling, Assistant Conductor
Ryan Keeling is active as a teacher, singer and conductor in the Pittsburgh area. Ryan is the Director of Choral Activities at West Liberty University where he conducts the WLU Singers, Choral Scholars, and the College Community Chorus and teaches music history and conducting. Holding positions in the artistic leadership of two of Pittsburgh’s premier 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.
Ryan was previously the Assistant Director of Music and Worship Life at Christ United Methodist Church in Bethel Park, the Director of Choral Music at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, a Professional Core tenor in The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, and the Conductor of the Pappert Men’s Chorale at Duquesne University.
Ryan has been heard as tenor soloist in performances with The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and at the National Pastoral Musicians National Conference. In 2012 Ryan made his New York City debut performing Bach’s cantata BWV 4 Christ Lag in Todesbanden and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Other recent engagements include Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Bach’s Wedding Cantata and selections from Haydn’s Creation.
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.