Ryan Downey, bass-baritone, is a native of Phoenix, Arizona, where he began singing with the Phoenix Boys Choir when he was 9. He recently graduated with his Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance from Arizona State University and received a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from Arizona State University where he graduated with academic honors. He won the Elizabeth Stoeckler Stevens Prize in German Lieder and has worked with Michael Tilson Thomas, Warren Jones, Lori Laitman, and George Darden.
Downey has performed roles in Così fan tutte, Ariadne auf Naxos, La traviata, Gianni Schicchi, Le nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, Handel’s Serse, and Gallantry. He has recently appeared with the Oregon Bach Festival Berwick Chorus, True Concord Voices and Orchestra, the Phoenix Chorale, the Arizona Opera Chorus, and the Trinity Cathedral Choir. Ryan has performed on two GRAMMY-winning albums, the Phoenix Chorale’s album of Rachmaninoff’s All Night Vigil and True Concord’s recording of Stephen Paulus’s music Far in the Heavens.
Over the years, Ryan has taught private voice at Arizona State University and Phoenix College as well as in his private studio. Many of his young students have continued their personal study of music and voice at the college level with concentrations in music education, musical theater, and vocal performance. He recently moved to the Bay Area and is looking forward to teaching at Scherzo. He is a student focused teacher and the whole of his teaching is guided by each individual student—believing that it is essential for the individual student to have a personal voice in her or his own learning.
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