Ryan has been teaching 7-12 choir, general music, and music theory at Lynden Christian School since 2005. Under his direction, the LCHS Concert Choir was recently invited to sing in Carnegie Hall in a massed choir performance of Beethoven’s Mass in C major with John Rutter. He received his undergraduate degree in Choral and Instrumental Music Education from Dordt College (Sioux Center, IA) and a master’s degree in Choral Music Education from Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ). Ryan is a member of Male Ensemble Northwest, an ensemble that presents concerts and workshops throughout the United States. He has sung tenor and been an assistant conductor for the Bellingham Chamber Chorale, and he has served as chorus master for the Skagit Opera’s production of Madame Butterfly.
Ryan is the director of the senior choir and hand-bell choir at Third Christian Reformed Church in Lynden. He also teaches private voice during the summer, serves community choirs and student musicians as a vocal clinician, and performs as a tenor soloist with the Lynden Choral Society. Previously he taught choir, music theory, and guitar at Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, Arizona, where he also served as Music Director at Phoenix Christian Reformed Church and sang tenor professionally with Charles Bruffy and the two-time Grammy award-winning Phoenix Chorale for six years.