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Applied Music

Ryan Kelly

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Swope Music Building
817 S. High Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2921
Fax: 610-436-2873

Faculty Contact Information


Associate Professor
Associate Director of Choral Activities

338, Swope Music Building


  • D.M.A., Michigan State University
  • M.M., University of Oklahoma
  • B.M., Houston Baptist University

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Ryan Kelly is associate professor and associate director of choral activities at West Chester University of Pennsylvania where he directs Mastersingers, Cantari Donne, Chamber Choir, and Vocal Jazz Ensemble and teaches courses in conducting, choral music, and voice. He previously taught choral music at Kilgore College in Texas. He earned his D. M. A. in choral conducting from Michigan State University; he also has degrees from the University of Oklahoma and Houston Baptist University. He is an active lecturer and clinician with numerous appearances at national, regional, and state conferences of the National Association for Music Education, the American Choral Directors Association, and the American Guild of Organists. His published scholarship and music include a critical edition of Carl Fasch's Missa a 16 voci (Carus-Verlag, 2014), performance editions and compositions with Boosey & Hawkes, G. Schirmer, and Augsburg Fortress Publishers, multiple articles in Choral Journal, and his book Handel's Messiah: Warm-ups for Successful Performance (Hal Leonard, 2016) with co-author Jason Paulk. Also an experienced church musician, he is director of music and organist at Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, PA. He can be reached by e-mail at, and his LinkedIn profile may be viewed here.

Dr. Kelly was the Maryland 2016 Junior All-State Chorus director. His choir Cantari Donne performed at the 2014 Pennsylvania ACDA Fall Conference and the 2016 Pennsylvania MEA Annual In-Service Conference. Additionally, Dr. Kelly recently presented or is scheduled to present guest sessions at:

  • Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, 2017 In-Service Conference 9, 12
  • Pennsylvania ACDA, 2017 Summer Conference 12
  • ACDA, 2017 National Convention 10
  • AGO, Philadelphia Chapter, 2017 January Jumpstart 9, 11
  • Nebraska Music Educators Association, 2016 Annual Conference/Clinic 1
  • ACDA, 2016 Voices United Conference 10
  • AGO, 2016 National Conference 1, 2
  • Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, 2016 In-Service Conference 1
  • ACDA, 2016 Southwest Division Conference 7
  • Brandywine Singers, 2016 Pre-concert Lecture 8
  • AGO, 2015 Southeastern PA Chapter Event 2
  • Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, 2015 District 12 In-Service Conference 1, 9
  • Schulmerich Bells, 2015 Handbell Extravaganza 9
  • Virginia Music Educators Association, 2014 Fall Conference 1
  • Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, 2014 District 12 In-Service Conference 9
  • NAfME, 2014 National In-Service Conference 4
  • ACDA, 2014 Voices United Conference 3
  • ACDA, 2014 Southwest Division Conference 3
  • Georgia Music Educators Association, 2014 In-Service Conference 3, 5
  • Florida Music Educators Association, 2014 Professional Development Conference 3
  • South Carolina ACDA, 2013 Fall Conference 3
  • Pennsylvania ACDA, 2013 Summer Conference 5
  • Texas Music Educators Association, 2013 Convention 5
  • Alabama Music Educators Association, 2013 In-Service Conference 5, 6
  • Louisiana ACDA, 2012 Fall Conference 6

1 Masterworks Your Choir Can Perform
2 Quality Repertoire for Small Choirs and Budgets
3 It's Not Just Old Music: Finding Engaging and Quality Repertoire on CPDL
4 Effective and Artistic Conducting: Gestures that Communicate and Elicit Musicianship
(with Dr. Jason Paulk)
5 Conductors and Accompanists: Collaboration for Singers' Learning
6 Kaleidoscope for the Senses: Creating Concert Experiences that Mystify Audiences
7 Messiah: Warm-ups for Successful Performance
8 Not Bach or Mozart: The Music and Influence of Carl Fasch
9 Choral Reading Session
10 Beyond "Getting Ready to Sing": Creating Symbiosis between Warm-Ups and Repertoire
11 Uplifting Their Spirits and Sounds: Techniques for Nurturing Volunteer Singers
12 Avoid the Repertoire Rut: Expanding Your Knowledge of Choral Repertoire

Dr. Kelly's recently or soon-to-be published scholarship, recordings, compositions, and editions include:

  • The Music Before Me (London: Boosey & Hawkes, scheduled 2018)
  • A Chesterton Carol (London: Boosey & Hawkes, scheduled 2018)
  • Happy We, by G. F. Handel, ed. Kelly (London: Boosey & Hawkes, scheduled 2018)
  • Prayer of St. Brigid (London: Boosey & Hawkes, 2017)
  • The Cauldron Dance, by Giuseppe Verdi, ed. Kelly (London: Boosey & Hawkes, 2017)
  • Let Us Build Forever (Boosey & Hawkes, scheduled 2017)
  • Ego sum panis vivus, by G. P. da Palestrina, ed. Kelly (G. Schirmer, 2017)
  • Rejoice and Let Your Lights Appear (Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 2017)
  • “A Guide to Improving Student-Led Section Rehearsals” with Felicia MulĂ© and James Robison Choral Journal (American Choral Directors Association, 2016)
  • Handel's 'Messiah:' Warm-Ups for Successful Performance, with co-author Jason D. Paulk (Hal Leonard Corp., 2016)
  • No la debemos dormir (Boosey & Hawkes, 2016)
  • Two Mozart Classics, by W. A. Mozart, ed. Kelly (Boosey & Hawkes, 2016)
  • Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands (Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 2015)
  • Honegger's 'King David' CD (Mark Custom Recordings, 2015)
  • Missa a 16 voci, by Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch, ed. Kelly (Carus-Verlag, 2014)
  • Book review, The Use of the International Phonetic Alphabet in the Choral Rehearsal, Duane Richard Karna, ed. (Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2010), Choral Journal (American Choral Directors Association, November 2013)
  • Saw You Never, in the Twilight (SATB, piano) (Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 2013)
  • “Artistry and Equality: How the Berlin Sing-Akademie Transformed Choral Singing” Choral Journal (American Choral Directors Association, May 2013)
  • “Unto the Lord Lift Thankful Voices” (SATB) The Augsburg Motet Book, ed. Zebulon M. Highben (Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 2013)
  • “Mozart’s Misericordias Domini: A Conductor’s Guide” with David Rayl Choral Journal (American Choral Directors Association, September 2012)
  • “Important Resources for the New Teacher” Choral Journal (American Choral Directors Association, August 2012)