Peter Ryan


Associate Professor of Music & Division of Music Coordinator
Music Division Coordinator
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Peter Ryan, D.M.A. is an Associate Professor of Music at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, where he teaches and coordinates the Piano and Music Theory programs and serves as the Division of Music Coordinator.  As a performer, Peter has given concerts in the Czech Republic, Austria, Ecuador, Quebec, and around the United States.  His performing and research interests lie in underperformed repertoire and underrepresented composers.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Florida, and both a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  He has studied with Jennifer Hayghe, Doris Pridonoff Lehnert, Elizabeth Pridonoff, and Kevin Sharpe. In addition to his duties at UVA Wise, Peter also enjoys performing with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra as their Principal Pianist.

Prior to earning his degrees, Peter served as an Infantry Mortarman in the United States Marines Corps from 2004-2008.  He now lives in Wise, VA with his wife, the UVA Wise Director of Choral and Vocal Activities, Hannah Wunsch Ryan. The Ryans also co-direct the Appalachian Music Project at UVA Wise.

D.M.A., University of Colorado at Boulder
M.M., University of Colorado at Boulder
B.M., University of Florida
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