Conservatory of Music

From Bach to Broadway

Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Department

Thank you for your interest in the Conservatory of Music at Baldwin Wallace University and specifically the Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Department. As Chair of the Wind/Percussion Department, I work daily with a tremendously talented and accomplished faculty. They include members of The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and Akron and Canton Symphony Orchestras. Many travel internationally to perform and record as soloists. Some are highly regarded free-lancers, who perform as regular extras with The Cleveland Orchestra and many other prestigious ensembles. Most have taught all over the nation and the world in master classes. They are truly a remarkable group.

Beyond their professional accomplishments and recognition, the concern, compassion, and commitment our faculty demonstrates to students continually impress me. The Conservatory at BW is a tight-knit environment, where faculty members are very closely involved with nurturing, challenging, and mentoring students. I admit to being biased, but this is a wonderful place to teach and a wonderful place to learn.  The most important group of people in any music student's life is the faculty. The studio instruction you receive, the ensemble coaching, the contacts your teachers have in the professional world, and the inspiration you get from hearing them perform will, in large part, shape your life as a music professional.

Thank you again for your interest and for taking the time to learn about our faculty. If you would like to visit the campus and arrange for a meeting with one of our faculty members, it would be our pleasure to make that possible. You might also tune in to BW's live-broadcast series on Cleveland's classical music station, WCLV. Please don't hesitate to phone, e-mail, or write. My colleagues and I look forward to hearing from you.

Josh Ryan
Assistant Professor of Percussion
Chair, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Department
Member, Africa--->West Percussion Trio


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