Dr. Frank Ryan joined the TU music faculty in 1978. During his years at TU he has served as the School of Music’s Director for eight years and the conductor of the University Orchestra for twenty-one years.
Dr. Ryan was a member of the Tulsa Philharmonic’s trombone section for nineteen seasons. He also conducted Tulsa’s Starlight Band from 1991 through 1997, and served as music director and conductor for Tulsa’s Gilbert and Sullivan Society and LOOK (Light Opera of Oklahoma) for fourteen years.
He is currently teaching and doing research in the areas of music-theory pedagogy and film music.
Dr. Ryan received his undergraduate degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, and holds two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. from Florida State University.
Education and Degrees Earned
- Ph.D. Florida State University (music theory)
- M.M. Florida State University (music theory)
- M.M. The Florida State University (trombone performance)
- B.M. The Curtis Institute of Music (trombone performance)
Areas of Academic Specialty
- Film Music
- Music Theory and Literature
Previous Teaching Experience
- Wilmington (DE) Music School
- University of Tennessee, Knoxville
- Florida State University
- Valdosta State College
Previous Relevant Work Experience
CONDUCTING EXPERIENCE 1967 - 2003
- Most Recent:
- University of Tulsa Orchestra 2000-2003 and 1983-1998
- LOOK (Light Opera of Oklahoma) 1997-2000
- The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Tulsa 1985-2000
- The Tulsa Philharmonic Brass Choir 1996
PERFORMING EXPERIENCE (as a trombonist) 1966 - 1999
- Most Recent:
- Fort Smith Symphony 1999
- Tulsa Philharmonic 1979-1998
- Tulsa Opera Orchestra 1979-1998
- Soloisti New York Orchestra (OK Mozart Festival) 1992
- TU Faculty Brass Quintet 1988-1990