Ryan Woodhouse is a freelance composer, arranger, and saxophonist based in Springfield, Missouri. His works include music for wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, choir, solo voice, solo piano, various chamber groups, as well as electronic and film music. Ryan’s compositions have been performed at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest, on Kansas Public Radio, the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy, SoundCrawl Nashville, with the 940 Dance Company in Lawrence, Kansas, and at national and regional conventions for the Society of Composers Inc. (SCI). He was recently named the winner of the Second City Chamber Series Young Composer's Contest for Taured, a piece that was originally commissioned by the Dahlia Piano Trio.
Ryan has taught Music Theory, Composition, and Electronic Music at Missouri State University, the University of Kansas, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, and Randolph College. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of Kansas where he studied with James Barnes, Kip Haaheim and Forrest Pierce. Ryan also earned a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music in Composition from Missouri State University as a student of John Prescott, Michael F. Murray, and William Campbell.
Ryan is a member of ASCAP, SCI, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. His compositions are published by JPM and Potenza Music, and his arrangements are available through SMP Press. As a saxophonist, Ryan has played with a number of bands across a wide variety of genres, and he currently plays keyboards and saxophone with Funk Tank, a Springfield-based band that specializes in original funk, soul, and R&B music. Ryan’s wife, Jill, is a concert violinist. They are proud parents of two boys, Oliver and Julian.