A driven and versatile conductor, Ryan Tani has been praised for his compelling musicianship in a wide range of symphonic and choral repertoire. He has recently been appointed Music Director of the Occasional Symphony in Baltimore. He also serves as Assistant Conductor of the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the COSMIC Orchestra, and Conducting Fellow for the Montgomery Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2015, he was declared the winner of the ACDA Undergraduate Student Conducting Competition at their national conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.
During his tenure as Co-Founder and Music Director of the Concerto Chamber Orchestra from 2012-2015, Ryan helped positively shape the orchestral scene in the Los Angeles area by providing a medium for high-level performance opportunities to student musicians of all majors. The infrastructure that he and his Board put together thrives to this day.
An advocate of new and early music, Ryan has stayed active as conductor and performer for new compositions by emerging composers. At Peabody, he has regularly worked to record and perform new works for orchestral, chamber, and choral ensembles. With the Concerto Chamber Orchestra, he programmed exciting concerts to showcase composers of all levels. He also performed as a tenor with Thornton Edge, a contemporary music ensemble at the University of Southern California, and was in demand several times per year as a conductor for student composition recitals.
Prior to his conducting study, Ryan worked as an active as a tenor in the Los Angeles area. He was in demand as a soloist in several professional early-music and new-music groups, including the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia, Horizon Music Group, Tesserae LA, De Angelis, Flos Campi and Thornton Edge, among others. He was also a member of the USC Chamber Singers, which recently received the 2015 American Prize in Choral Music. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern California, where he studied with Gary Glaze.
Ryan recently completed his Master of Music degree in Conducting from the Peabody Institute, studying under Marin Alsop and Markand Thakar. In addition to his studies at Peabody, Ryan has also studied conducting under Gerard Schwarz, Larry Rachleff, Grant Cooper, and José-Luis Novo. Ryan also plays violin, jazz piano, viola da gamba, and Renaissance recorder for enjoyment. As an avid runner, he enjoys exploring new routes in the greater Maryland area.