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Ryan Homsey is a versatile American composer, equally at home writing for chamber and choral ensembles, theater, and dance. His music has been performed in the US, Italy, Portugal, France, and the Philippines.
Ryan’s compositions juxtapose tradition and innovation, contrasting melodic lyricism of folk music and neo-romanticism with a post-tonal and post-minimalist sense of harmony. His training in classical and popular music draws additional inspiration from his past experience as a professional ballet dancer.
His works have been performed by JACK Quartet, PUBLIQuartet, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra’s Music to You String Quartet, Quiet City, Ensemble Mise-en, Purchase Orchestra Electric!, violinist Adrianna Mateo and baritone Kelvin Chan, among others. Commissions and awards have come from Young New Yorkers’ Chorus, NY Children’s Aid Chorus, New York City-based choir ActorCor, New Haven Oratorio Choir, and the Renaissance vocal ensemble, earlybird.
Ryan Homsey’s music has been featured in new music festivals and concerts by Circles and Lines, Music With A View, the Westchester Square Arts Festival celebrating the opening of the Cephas Center for the Arts in the Bronx, The Catholic University of America’s New Voices @ CUA in Washington, D.C., and most recently at Ensemble Mise-en’s 2015 music festival at the Taipei Cultural Center in New York City. Other recent performance venues include the Purchase College Performing Arts Center, the Museum of Natural History, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
His work as a composer/sound designer has been heard in theater productions at HERE Arts, Metropolitan Playhouse, Astoria Performing Arts Center, Deconstructive Theatre Project, Emerging Artists Theatre, BoCoCa Arts Festival, and Vaudeville Park. As a 2013 recipient of American Composers Forum’s Live Music for Dance grant, Homsey composed a multi-movement work for The Minnesota Ballet that received critical praise. The short film documenting this collaboration has been nominated for an Upper Midwest Emmy® Award.
Ryan also enjoyed a seven-year professional dance career in ballet that includes the Minnesota Ballet, American National Ballet, and Lexington Ballet Company. As a singer, musician, and music director, he has participated in numerous musical theater projects, including an International Tour of productions with Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Really Useful Group.
Ryan lives in New York City and is Lecturer in the Conservatory of Music at the State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase. Ryan has studied with Justin Dello Joio, Julia Wolfe, Alice Parker, and Allyson Bellink. His music is published by Water Willow Music and GIA Publications.
Review of Recurrent Stages at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center:
“The high point of was the world premiere of “Recurrent Stages,” choreographed by Artistic Director Robert Gardner to original music by Ryan Homsey, a former member of the company… ‘Litany’ features a kaleidoscope of movement, driving by the rhythm of the music, that achieves an almost geometric progression that was quite enthralling.” –Lawrance Bernabo, Duluth News Tribune
Reviews of The Pillowman at the Astoria Performing Arts Center:
"The original music composed by Ryan Homsey sounds like a slasher film soundtrack and actually made me jump out of my seat a few times as the lights faded to complete black." -Sarah Whalen, NYTheatre.com
“... musical landscape by composer Ryan Homsey... is lush and layered, with subtle but evocative touches that point the audience in the intended direction without belaboring the point and work seamlessly with Stephen K. Dobay’s multi-leveled set design.” -Karen Tortora-Lee, The Happiest Medium .