Hannah Ryan

Hannah Wunsch

Associate Professor of Music

Hannah Wunsch Ryan, D.M.A is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise (UVA Wise) where she directs the choral ensembles and teaches courses in conducting, vocal pedagogy, diction, choral literature, music history, and choral methods.

In addition to her choral conducting, Ryan has maintained an active performance career as soprano soloist both in the United States and internationally, with recent performances in Vienna (Austria), Montreal and Quebec City (Quebec), and Guayaquil (Ecuador). Ryan is currently Communications Director of Virginia ACDA, and has been a featured presenter, clinician, and director at conferences and honors choirs across the country.

Ryan holds a B.A. in Vocal Performance from Gustavus Adolphus College, and an M.M. in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance/Pedagogy and a D.M.A. In Choral Conducting and Literature from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She lives in Wise, VA, with her husband, pianist Peter Ryan, and two children.

Courses Taught

  • MUS 1331 Applied Music Secondary Voice
  • MUS 1431/2431/3431 Applied Music Principal Voice
  • MUS 1151/3151 Concert Choir
  • MUS 1152/3152 Highland Chorale
  • MUS 1161/3161 Madrigal Ensemble
  • MUS 2030 Music Appreciation
  • MUS 1552 Aural Skills
  • MUS 2950 Diction for Singers I
  • MUS 2951 Diction for Singers II
  • ST 2951 Special Topics: Music Theater Chorus
  • MUS 2950 Special Topics: Choral Leadership
  • MUS 3782 Vocal Pedagogy I
  • MUS 3783 Vocal Pedagogy II
  • MUS 3521 Advanced Choral Conducting and Literature
  • MUS 3950 Advanced Conducting
  • MUS 4531 Music History I
  • MUS 4532 Music History II
  • MUS 4786 Secondary Choral Music Methods
  • MUS 3900 Junior Recital
  • MUS 4900 Senior Recital

Research Interests

  • Vocal Pedagogy
  • Choral literature
  • Maddalena Casulana,
  • Hildegard von Bingen
  • The Changing voice

Professional Interests

  • Solo Performances
  • Collaborative Performances
  • Engagement through multi-faceted Performances

Professional Memberships

  • American Choral Directors Association
  • National Association for Music Educators
  • National Association of Teachers of Singing
Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance, History – Gustavus Adolphus College
Master of Music in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance and Pedagogy – University of Colorado
Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting and Literature – University of Colorado
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