Meet the Artistic Director

Dr. Ryan Keebaugh

Noted for his “energetic, expressive, concise, insightful, and sensitive” conducting (The Washington Post), Ryan’s versatile and vibrant musicianship has distinguished him as a leading music educator and conductor. 

He has served as guest conductor and clinician to 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, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Bruton Parish Church, and the Edinburgh Cathedral (Scotland).  Since 2009, Ryan’s collaboration with American contemporary composers has distinguished him as an advocate for interdisciplinary collaboration in the arts, alternative venues, and new commissions.  Ryan has worked with several championship high schools band programs in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Texas as a music arranger, brass technician, and marching instructor.

Ryan’s own musical compositions have been praised by The Washington Post as “innovative and hauntingly beautiful,” creating “gorgeous canvases of sacred minimalism.” His music has been performed in venues throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Europe. Please check out Ryan’s full bio here:

Originally from Martinsburg, Pennsylvania, Ryan (b. 1980) has earned degrees from The Catholic University of America (DMA), Shenandoah Conservatory (MM), and Bridgewater College (BA).