DR. CORY RYAN is a musician who writes, performs, and promotes work engaged in sustainability, non-intention, veganism, and interconnectivity. His compositions—praised as “timbrally striking” (HurdAudio) and “full of wind, height, and velocity” (Baltimore City Paper)—extensively explore phonography and are grounded in found composition: relinquishing most musical decisions to observed environments. Using saxophone, dry ice, and electronics, he has performed in diverse settings—from the New World Symphony Orchestra to experimental improvisers with the High Zero Foundation. Additionally, he has managed music programs for underserved populations providing outreach, educational, charitable, and financial support.
His work has garnered performance credits including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, and others throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Alongside a TEDx talk and other speaking engagements, his publications and recordings can be found on Computer Music Journal (MIT Press), New Focus Recordings, and SEAMUS. He has participated in informal study and masterclasses with Alvin Lucier, Tristan Murail, Kaija Saariaho, Hans Tutschku, and Trevor Wishart. A graduate of Grand Valley State University, he holds two master’s degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, as well as a doctorate from Bowling Green State University, where his research focused on sound, equality, and environment. In addition to teaching a diverse array of students ages 7 to 70 for almost two decades, he has also served on the faculties of Morgan State University, Bluefield College, and Mansfield University.