B.M., Stetson University; M.M., Georgia Southern University; M.M., University of Kentucky
Ryan Pagels is a highly sought after conductor, composer and pianist, who currently serves as the Director of Music at St. John's Episcopal and Staff Accompanist at Methodist University. Before moving to Fayetteville, Ryan lived in Central Florida, serving as the Artistic Director and Conductor for the Marion Civic Chorale, and Director of Music at Countryside Presbyterian Church. He also served as chorusmaster for the Ocala Symphony Orchestra for three years, and worked as a vocal coach at Stetson University for the voice studios and the Opera program. With the Ocala Symphony, Ryan has prepared the chorus for Handel's Messiah and for Orff's Carmina Burana. His studies have taken him to Stetson University, Georgia Southern University, and the University of Kentucky. He has also spent seven summers at the Adamant Music school, an international summer program for pianists.
While at Georgia Southern and the University of Kentucky, Ryan held Graduate Assistantships, accompanying for choirs, chamber groups, opera/theatre and recitals, teaching theory and accompanying classes, and serving as a student conductor for various ensembles, including a community performance of the Brahms Requiem. In 2010, he made his Carnegie debut, collaborated on recitals with faculty from Julliard, and was the pianist for the opening ceremonies of the World Equestrian Games. In 2011, he made his international debut, concertizing in Italy as part of the Orfeo Music Festival. Ryan has been invited as a guest artist and to give masterclasses throughout the U.S., most recently at Marshal University, Butler University, University of Central Florida, Stetson University, Georgia Southern University, and the University of Southern Indiana. Ryan has also worked and concertized with a wide variety of musicians, including Audra McDonald, Marvin Hamlisch, Arlo Guthrie, and Wynonna Judd.
Ryan also served as the Resident Music Director at the Ocala Civic Theatre, and music directed throughout Central Florida. Productions include Mary Poppins, Les Miserables, The Fantasticks, The Last 5 Years, and Songs for a New World. In 2016 Ryan conducted a performance of the "Sunrise Mass" by Ola Gjelio, combining several choirs from around Ocala, and the Stetson Chamber Orchestra.