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Ryan Keebaugh


POSITION: Assistant Professor

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | LA 004

PHONE: (540) 432-4223


Ryan Keebaugh’s “innovative and hauntingly beautiful” (The Washington Post) music has established him as a prominent composer of his generation. Praised for its “gorgeous canvases of heart-wrenching sound,” his music has been heard in venues throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Europe. He has received commissions and performances by pianist R. Andrew Lee, the Shenandoah Conservatory Cantus Singers, Megan Ihnen, mezzo-soprano; Anne Epperly, flutist; Diane Phoenix-Neal, violist; Musica Harmonia, Eastern Mennonite University Emulate Chamber Ensemble, Western Michigan University Chorale, Eastern Mennonite Chamber Singers, University of South Florida Chamber Singers, Holly Roadfeldt, pianist; Fresno State Concert Choir, Ethos Collective, Sesquisharp Productions, Great Noise Ensemble, The Catholic University of America Orchestra and Chorus, and the Winchester Musica Viva. Ryan has participated in the Aspen Composers’ Conference, the Capital Fringe Festival, the Interlochen Summer Music Festival, and has held residencies at Wildacres Artist Colony, Factory 449 Theatre Collective, and the Composers & Schools in Concert (CSIC). His compositions have received awards and recognition from Analog Arts, ASCAP, the American Prize, the Raabe Music Prize, and the Virginia Music Educators Association.

Noted for his “expressive, concise, insightful, and sensitive” conducting, Ryan’s versatile and vibrant musicianship has distinguished him as a leading music educator and frequent guest conductor and clinician to numerous choral and instrumental ensembles throughout the United States. Ryan’s choral ensembles have been invited to perform at international and national festivals, master classes, and historic locations including The Washington National Cathedral, St. John the Divine, New York University Steinhardt, Bruton Parish Church, Mennonite Church USA, and MEDA. Previously, Ryan served on the faculty of Mary Baldwin University, Lord Fairfax Community College, and as the Director of Choral Activities for the Clarke County (VA) Public School System. Currently, Ryan is an Assistant Professor of Music at Eastern Mennonite University where he serves as the Music Education Specialist and Coordinator of Music Theory.

Originally from Martinsburg, Pennsylvania, Ryan (b. 1980) earned graduate degrees from The Catholic University of America (DMA) and Shenandoah University (MM), and is a graduate of Bridgewater College (BA). His principal teachers have included Libby Larsen, Roshanne Etezady, Daniel McCarthy, William Averitt, Andrew Earle Simpson, Steven Strunk, and John Hilliard.

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D.M.A., The Catholic University of America, May 2010
Studies with: Andrew Earle Simpson, Steven Strunk
Master Classes with: John Adams, Robert Dick, William Bolcom, Nicholas Maw

M.M., Shenandoah University, May 2004
Studies with: William Averitt, Jena Root, Libby Larsen, Roshanne Etezady
Conducting studies with: Jan Wagner, John Boyd
Conducting Master Classes with: Frederick Fennell, Robert Shaffer

B.A., Bridgewater College, May 2002
Studies with: John Barr, John Hilliard
Conducting studies with: Jesse Hopkins, Richard House


Articles and Lectures:
Open Stillness: Uncertainty is Liberation.Aspen Composers’ Conference Procedings. Aspen, CO: 2013

beyond ideas, for choir (SATB) a cappella, MusicSpoke, Lincoln, NE, 2015
thy light which is brighter than the sun and the moon, for choir (SATB) and string quartet, MusicSpoke, Lincoln, NE, 2015
in the Dooryard, for soprano and piano, MusicSpoke, Lincoln, NE, 2015
The Suffering Servant, for choir (SATB) a cappella, MusicSpoke, Lincoln, NE, 2014
Ayin, for choir (SATB) a cappella, MusicSpoke, Lincoln, NE, 2014
Our Father, for choir (SSAA) a cappella, MusicSpoke, Lincoln, NE, 2014
Into the Dark, for percussion ensemble, Countermotion Inc., Statesboro, GA, 2014
Protocol, for percussion ensemble, Countermotion Inc., Statesboro, GA, 2014
stilLness, for choir (SSAATTBB) a cappella, The Deep Listening Institue Anthology, Kingston, NY, 2010