Acclaimed for his musical creativity, sensitive conducting, and adventurous spirit, Maestro Daniel P. Ryan is a sought-after conductor, composer, and singer based in Boston. He is currently the Director of Choral Activities at Clark University, Associate Conductor with VOICES BOSTON, conductor with the Boston City Singers and on the faculty of Interlochen Arts Camp. Equally, at home in the concert hall and in the orchestra pit, Ryan will have upcoming engagements with Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Opera Collaborative, and MassOpera in addition to his fixed posts.
As a conductor, Ryan most recently conducted the initial workshop of White Snake Productions' new video game opera PERMADEATH as well as posts and engagements with Sine Nomine Choral Ensemble, MetroWest Opera, In Good Company Theatre, The Boston Opera Collaborative, Berkshire Choral International, MITG&SP, and The Boston Conservatory. As the associate conductor for VOICES BOSTON, Ryan has assisted in the preparation of young singers for collaborations with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras.
As a composer, Ryan has a passion for musical theatre having composed three musicals. While serving as artistic director for In Good Company Ryan earned a commission for a musical based on immigration and refugees stories in 2016. The musical story "Out of Many" premiered in May of 2017 at Chelsea Theatre works. In 2012, Ryan wrote the music and lyrics for the original musical “The Millennium Problem” and won best music and lyrics award during its second run for the North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC) competition in 2013. Additionally, Ryan has written several small works and arrangements for choir and chamber ensembles.
As a singer, Ryan currently holds professional singing posts at First Church Boston and Trinity Parish of Newton Center and has performed on the concert stage and roles with regional musical theatre and opera companies. Daniel holds a Master of Music degree in Conducting from The Boston Conservatory where he studied with maestri Dr. Bill Cutter and Dr. George Case. Daniel received his Bachelor of Arts degree in music education and vocal performance from Catawba College where he studied conducting with Paul E. Oakley and voice with Dr. Scott Macleod. Ryan’s notable other conducting teachers and mentors include Andrew Altenbach, Dr. Beth Willer, and Brian O’Connell.