Ryan Murray is gaining a reputation as one of the top young conductors in Northern California. Ryan is currently the Principal Conductor of the Townsend Opera in Modesto, with which he will be conducting The Mikado and Carmen this year. Since 2008, Ryan has led the company in many critically acclaimed productions, most recently a highly lauded Madama Butterfly. Ryan is also currently the Director of Vocal Activities with the Vocal and Instrumental Teaching Academy (VITA) in Sacramento.
Ryan is the current choral director of the Music in the Mountains Festival Chorale, a position he has held since 2008, and has garnered rave reviews from audiences and singers. The most recent highlights of the MIM Chorale include Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Toward the Unknown Region.
Ryan has served as a Faculty Conductor for the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute (BASOTI), a nationally acclaimed summer program for pre-professional opera singers. In 2011 he was invited to join the Opera Academy of California Summer Program as a Faculty Conductor. In this position he helps to train emerging young artists and works with a faculty of conductors and voice teachers from opera companies around the world. In 2011 Ryan also served as Co-Director of the California Youth Symphony Summer Orchestra Camp.
Ryan graduated summa cum laude from California State University, Sacramento, with degrees in vocal performance and bassoon. While completing his studies at CSUS, he served as assistant conductor of the orchestra and opera programs and performed as a guest soloist. He went on to teach bassoon at the same institution. He also served as Director of Vocal Activities and Assistant Conductor for the Academy at All Hallows Orchestra and Chorus in Sacramento.