Ryan McSweeney

Ryan McSweeneyAbout the composer: California native Ryan McSweeney has been an active musician since childhood. An avid choral singer from an early age, he has performed as a member of the California High School Honor Choir program, the Continental Singers, the Pomona College Choir and Glee Club, the University Singers of California State University, Fullerton, the Corona del Mar Baroque Festival, Long Beach Opera, and Pacific Chorale. His singing activities have taken him throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Mr. McSweeney studied voice with Gwendolyn Lytle and flute with Rachel Rudich. He began composing in high school, and studied at Pomona College in Claremont, California under Tom Flaherty and William Alves. He completed his Masters of Music degree at California State University, Fullerton, where he studied with Ken Walicki and Pamela Madsen. Mr. McSweeney is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and the American Composers Forum. He is currently the Director of Marketing for Pacific Chorale in Orange County. Mr. McSweeney’s compositions include a variety of choral works, art songs, and solo and chamber music. His song cycle “In the Cold of the Year,” for mezzo-soprano and percussion, was performed in 2005 at a master class led by Stephen Paulus. His work for treble chorus, “Pied Beauty,” was the finalist of the 2006 California ACDA competition, and was premiered by the Orange County Women’s Chorus in 2007.

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