Ryan O’Leary, tenor, is a fun, dynamic teacher who delights in teaching material in a way that fascinates students. His background in vocal performance and piano performance extends back to his youth, where he performed in countless recitals and productions. Ryan has played the piano since age 7, and started singing even earlier. His favorite theater roles include Jean Valjean, Sweeney Todd, and Lieutenant Cioffi. In the classical realm of singing, Ryan is what’s known as a lyric tenor – thus, his voice is a sweet, light instrument at it’s best in the works of Rossini and Handel.
Ryan has earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Vocal Performance, and his minor in piano performance at Shorter College and the University of Kentucky, respectively. While attending these schools, he received piano instruction from Dr. Peter Dewitt, Dr. Rebecca Miller, and MaryAnn Knight. His vocal instructors included Dr. Linda Lister, author of several vocal pedagogy books, Dr. Rebecca Salter, esteemed soprano soloist, and Metropolitan Opera star Cynthia Lawrence, often referred to as Pavarotti’s favorite soprano.
Ryan is entering his 7th year of pedagogy – over the years, he has sent multiple students off to college on full ride music scholarships. His students have also declared victory in music competitions locally and regionally, and the singers have enjoyed success in landing lead roles in musicals and theater productions. In these higher intensity performance situations, students are able to draw upon the nerve-busting techniques Ryan teaches to everyone in his studio.
Unique about Ryan is his ability to impart instruction on multiple levels simultaneously – he plays the long game with students, encouraging them to retain a lifelong love of music. As such, he ensures that their technical instruction is sound, and that his students can take away a piece of each lesson to keep forever. He is expert in setting an atmosphere for learning – focused, excited, and happy. For many students, lessons become a highlight of each week – get started now!