A native of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Dr. Ryan Garrison comes to the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio by way of Phoenix, Arizona, where he has maintained an active schedule as a professional choral singer, conductor, and educator.
Since 2005, Dr. Garrison has been a singing member of The GRAMMY-award winning professional choral ensemble, The Phoenix Chorale, under the artistic vision of renowned conductor, Charles Bruffy. With the ensemble, Garrison is credited on four recording projects/albums, all under the international record label, Chandos Records. These recordings garnered 6-GRAMMY nominations and 2-GRAMMY wins for the ensemble. Their most recent recording efforts, an album dedicated entirely to Sergei Rachmaninoff’s All Night Vigil, Op. 37, received 2-GRAMMY nominations and won top honors at the 2016 GRAMMY-awards in Los Angeles, winning for “Best Choral Performance.” Other recordings have included Spotless Rose: Hymns to the Virgin Mary (2005, 2-GRAMMY nominations and GRAMMY-award winner for “Best Small Ensemble Performance”), Rheinberger: Sacred Choral Works (2007, 2-GRAMMY nominations), and Northern Lights: Choral Works by Ola Gjeilo (2012; Voted 2012 iTunes Best Classical Vocal Album).
Choral obligations with the Chorale led Dr. Garrison to performances in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City, Chromatic Series in Troy, New York, and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) regional conventions in Seattle and Salt Lake City. Dr. Garrison has also performed on numerous occasions with the ensemble’s “sister organization” and professional choral ensemble, The Kansas City Chorale, where in 2010, he joined the ensemble at the International Choral Festival in Incheon, South Korea.
In 2013, Dr. Garrison joined the choral artistic staff at Arizona School for the Arts in central Phoenix, a school acknowledged as a national model for exemplary education gained through intense emphasis on studies in the performing arts. There, Dr. Garrison led the beginning Foundations I ensemble (the youngest school choral ensemble, providing the building blocks for proper vocal technique, music reading skills, and working within an ensemble), and the Junior High Advanced Mixed Ensemble, all receiving superior ratings at Phoenix-wide choral festivals. From 2014-2017, as the schools lead director for the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Dr. Garrison had over 90 students selected for the Western Regional and National level Honor Choirs, traveling to Salt Lake City, Utah (2015), Pasadena, California (2016), and Minneapolis, Minnesota (2017). Rounding out his conducting responsibilities, Dr. Garrison has worked as guest clinician/conductor, leading Honor Choirs and Orchestras in Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming, and Choral Director at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Tempe, Arizona from 2007-2017.
Dr. Garrison received both his Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting (DMA, 2013) and Masters of Music Education (MM, 2006) degrees from Arizona State University, and Bachelors of Music (BM, 2001) from the University of Wyoming. Conducting mentors have included Charles Bruffy, Dr. Michael Griffith, Dr. William Reber, and Dr. Gregory Gentry, and Voice Instructors, Dr. Larry Hensel and Dr. Robert Barefield.