Ryan Keebaugh’s “innovative and hauntingly beautiful" (The Washington Post) music has established him as a prominent composer and collaborator of his generation. Praised for its “gorgeous canvases of sacred minimalism" 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, Megan Ihnen, mezzo-soprano; Anne Epperly, flutist; Diane Phoenix-Neal, violist; Musica Harmonia, Western Michigan University Chorale, University of South Florida Chamber Singers, Holly Roadfeldt, pianist; Fresno State Concert Choir, Ethos Collective, Sesquisharp Productions, Great Noise Ensemble, and The Catholic University of America Orchestra and Chorus. 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.