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Boyer College of Music and Dance Alumni
Boyer College alumni have a strong presence in the world of music and dance, keeping the arts vibrant as creators, performers, educators, therapists, promoters and supporters. Boyer alumni perform with major orchestras throughout the world, light up the Broadway stage, conduct research, educate, receive Grammy nominations and awards and create and manage their own successful performance companies.
Boyer Alumni Spotlight: Ryan Mullaney
Ryan and Temple University President Neil Theobald at the Mariners vs. Orioles game last August in Seattle.
What year did you graduate from Temple?
What was your major?
M. M. Choral Conducting
What are you currently doing?
I’m currently living in Seattle and am pursuing a DMA in conducting at the University of Washington, where I am a pre-doctoral teaching associate. I am also co-founder and artistic director of Mountainside Baroque, an early music group focusing on historically informed performances from before 1800.
Have you worked on any interesting projects, or worked with interesting people?
My time in Seattle has afforded me a number of musical opportunities ranging from leading UW School of Music ensembles to regional guest conducting opportunities. In addition to being director of Men’s Glee Club and the Campus Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra, I’ve recently served as chorus master and assistant conductor for Grammy award-winning music director Stephen Stubbs and Pacific MusicWorks and have led performances of Handel’s Ode for Saint Cecilia’s Day with Seattle-based Queen City Musicians.
Most notably, I’ve had the distinct pleasure to work with my dear friend and colleague Dr. Lyle Nordstrom over the last 5 years to develop Mountainside Baroque and present performances of early music throughout a 4-state region, focused in Western Maryland. Currently, our organization is in the process of a implementing a three-year plan to establish a summer early music festival in addition to our regular subscription series. That process begins in earnest this June as we launch a week-long academy for middle and high school students to get them thinking about and performing baroque music. Interested teachers or students should visit our website to learn more: http://www.
Which faculty member influenced you the most during your time at Temple?
It would be impossible to name one specific person that influenced me during my time at Boyer. In 2009, I was lucky enough to be the recipient of the annual Elaine Brown Choral Scholarship, an honor that to this day I do not take for granted. I think about the legacy of fantastic teachers that have led the choral program at Temple from Elaine Brown to Bob Page, Alan Harler to Paul Rardin. To be part of a lineage of students who have experienced the traditions of this storied program is in and of itself, an inspiration. That said, I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Alan for instilling me with a vision of inspired artistry and strong fundamental techniques that allow me to help express that intangible ideal that lives outside of the score.
Why would you tell someone else to attend or consider Boyer?
Possibility. The amount of podium time you receive in a Masters only program, combined with the experience of two full-length recitals, and a full 4-semester sequence of choral literature taught by outstanding faculty members is an experience unlike any other in this country.
What was your favorite concert experience?
Two concert experiences “stick out” to me as being particularly profound: the first was performing the Poulenc Gloria at the Kimmel Center in spring of 2009. I remember being seated in the conductor’s circle with the rest of the choir watching Maestro Dutoit rehearse the orchestra in Berlioz’s Le carnaval romain. His insightful artistry brought forth a gentle, yet demanding nature that inspired my own performance of the Poulenc later in the evening. The second and certainly most memorable performance I had was leading Concert Choir on our 2010 tour of Puerto Rico. Having the opportunity to conduct on Alan’s last concert with that group is a memory I will never forget!
What advice would you give to current grad students who are in the same program that you were in? Cut your own path! Do not accept what is put in front of you as the right or only way to do things. Boyer offers wonderful opportunities for students who are bold enough to pursue them.