Ryan Kelly


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 professor of music 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 two books, Calls to Worship, Invocations, and Benedictions (P&R Publishing, 2022) and Handel's Messiah: Warm-ups for Successful Performance (Hal Leonard, 2016) with co-author Jason Paulk. Also an experienced liturgist and 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 rkelly@wcupa.edu, and his LinkedIn profile may be viewed here.

Dr. Kelly is a two-time finalist for The American Prize, in the 2021 Vocal Chamber Music division for his composition Friendship and the 2016 Choral Performance-University division for the album King David. In 2022, West Chester University awarded Dr. Kelly a 2022 research sabbatical and awarded him in 2016 their Spotlight on Research Award in recognition of his research on eighteenth-century composer and conductor Carl Fasch. Dr. Kelly was the Maryland 2016 Junior All-State Chorus director. Other recent or upcoming guest conducting includes the 2022 Cantate Domino Emerging Composers Festival (PA), 2019 Baltimore County (MD) High School Chorus, 2019 West Shore District Honors Choral Festival, 2019 PMEA District 12 High School Chorus, the 2019 Adams County (PA) High School Chorus, the 2019 Schuykill County (PA) High School Chorus, the 2018 Anne Arundel County (MD) High School Chorus, the 2018 Berks County (PA) Junior High Chorus, and the 2018 Anne Arundel County (MD) High School Chorus. His choir Mastersingers performed at the 2018 New Jersey MEA In-Service Conference and Cantari Donne performed at the 2014 Pennsylvania ACDA Fall Conference and the 2016 Pennsylvania MEA In-Service Conference. Additionally, Dr. Kelly recently presented or is scheduled to present guest sessions at:

  • Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, 2023 Biennial Conference 17
  • Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, 2022 District 12 In-Service Conference 16
  • Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, 2022 In-Service Conference 16
  • ACDA, 2022 Southern Division Conference 14
  • Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, 2021 Annual In-Service Conference 14
  • Pennsylvania ACDA, 2020 Panel Webinar 15
  • ACDA, 2020 Southern Division Conference 14
  • Maryland Music Educators Association, 2019 Annual In-Service Conference 13
  • Illinois Music Education Association, 2019 Conference 12
  • Orange County (NY) Music Educators Association, 2018 Annual In-Service Conference 4, 9, 10
  • Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, 2018 District 7 In-Service Conference 4, 9, 12
  • Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, 2018 In-Service Conference 12
  • New Jersey Music Educators Association, 2018 In-Service Conference 12
  • Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, 2017 District 12 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
13 Simple Ways to Improve Vowels, Consonants, and Foreign Diction
14 Improving the Sectional Rehearsal: Steps to Productivity, Musicality, and Unity
15 Organizing, Rehearsing, and Programming for Socially Distant Choirs
16 The Pennsylvania All-State Chorus: Its History and Repertoire since 1936
17 Choral Conducting and Communication: Full of Grace, Seasoned with Salt

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

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