Ryan Phillips, M.M. is in his second season as ARS’s Music Director. He has been an integral part of the Tucson classical and sacred music scene for most of his career. He started early, singing and touring with the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus. Holiday concerts at San Xavier mission, a performance with Linda Ronstadt, and touring South Africa sparked his love of music and travel.
After earning his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Arizona, he became the music director at the Academy of Tucson High School (choir and guitar ensembles). He also conducted choir and handbells at the Holy Way Presbyterian Church.
Serving as assistant conductor for the Tucson Masterworks Chorale and the Helios Ensemble – while still in college and as a recent college graduate – affirmed his passion for working with adult choral ensembles.
Ryan continued his studies at Northern Arizona University, earning a Master’s degree in choral conducting under the renowned choral director Dr. Edith Copley. While in Flagstaff, he gained experience directing the Harold M. Harter Memorial Handbell Choir, and Chamber Singers.
“I’m honored and grateful for the opportunity to work with this dedicated group of passionate singers who want to enrich their lives and the lives of our audiences with beautiful music.”