The State University of New York honored Purchase College senior Ryan Homsey, Superior, Wisconsin, with the Patricia Kerr Ross Award at the recent SUNY Student Art Reception in Albany, N.Y. The $1,000 Ross Award is presented to a student who has demonstrated excellence, originality and promise in the arts. It is intended as a bridge between the recipient’s arts education and entry into a professional career in the arts.
“Providing some of our most creative art students with the financial assistance as they face the challenges that come with professional life is very gratifying,” said SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan.
Mr. Homsey is a studio composition major in the Purchase College School of the Arts, Conservatory of Music, under the instruction of Emmy Award-winning composer Allyson Bellink. He will receive his Bachelor of Music degree at commencement ceremonies on May 18.
Ryan Homsey began studying piano at the age of five. While enjoying a seven-year professional career in classical ballet and theater performance, he furthered his interest in music by composing for dance. His own experience as a dancer influences his compositional style.
Mr. Homsey’s writing incorporates classical, pop and musical theater. While embodying these different styles, he has composed for piano, voice, orchestra, dance and pop bands. His compositions have been commissioned by the Minnesota Ballet and American National Ballet, where he has also danced professionally. His works have appeared in several venues in New York City. As a pianist, his recent productions include Kiss Me Kate, James Joyce’s The Dead and Peter Pan, for which he also served as musical director.