Ryan Mullaney, Co-Artistic Director
Conductor Ryan Mullaney has made a name for himself in music circles across the country. A native of Western Maryland, Ryan currently resides in Seattle, Washington serving as a doctoral candidate and teaching associate at the University of Washington School of Music. While at UW, Mullaney has served as associate conductor of the UW Chamber Singers and has led the Campus Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra, Men's Glee Club, World Voices Ensemble and has taught a course on music in culture. In addition to his University duties, he was recently appointed Principal Conductor of the Mercer Island Baroque Orchestra. Now in it's seventh season, Mullaney serves as co-founder and co-artistic director of Mountainside Baroque, an early music collective based in Western Maryland focusing on historically informed performances of music before 1800.
Before his departure to the West Coast, Mullaney spent four years as Director of Liturgical Music at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Parish in Cumberland, MD, supervising a staff of eight part-time musicians, 50 volunteers, and musical worship at five churches. Prior to this post in Cumberland, Ryan enjoyed a five-year tenure on the music staff at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, MD, serving as an assistant choirmaster, cantor, and section leader in the Cathedral Choir. As a graduate conductor in The Boyer College of Music at Temple University, he was named Elaine Brown Scholar in Choral Music. In addition to leading all choral ensembles over a two-year period, Mullaney maintained a professional singing career with the renowned choir of St. Clement’s Anglo Catholic Church.
Recent engagements have included guest appearances leading Seattle-based Queen City Musicians in performances of Handel’s Ode for Saint Cecilia’s Day and serving as chorus master and assistant conductor in Pacific MusicWorks’ production of Magic Flute, for Grammy award winning music director Stephen Stubbs. Upcoming performances include appearances with Mountainside Baroque leading a program of motets and madrigals of the late Italian Renaissance masters, a program of dramatic music by Telemann, Lully, and Purcell with the Mercer Island Baroque Orchestra, and the annual Festival of Lessons & Carols with the Scholars of St. Cecilia.
Mullaney is active from coast to coast as an ensemble adjudicator and clinician, working regularly with choirs in the Seattle Public School District. He has served on the board of the Allegany Arts Council, Queen City Performing Arts Development and the Liturgical Music Commission for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Ryan holds a Master of Music Degree in Choral/Orchestral Conducting from Temple University, and a Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice Performance from Towson University. He is currently pursuing a DMA in conducting at the University of Washington.