Ryan Downey

musician | educator | arts thinker


Ryan Downey (bass-baritone) graduated with honors from Arizona State University, receiving his Bachelor’s in Voice Performance. He received his Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he won the Elizabeth Stoeckler Stevens Prize in German Lieder. At CIM, he had the opportunity to work and coach with Michael Tilson Thomas, Warren Jones, Lori Laitman, and George Darden. Throughout is career, Mr. Downey has performed roles in Così fan tutte, Ariadne auf Naxos, La traviata, Gianni Schicchi, Le nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, Handel’s Serse, and Gallantry.

He is currently a member of the Phoenix Chorale, True Concord, Arizona Opera Chorus, and Trinity Cathedral Choir and teaches voice in his private voice studio and at Phoenix College.

Ryan is pursuing his doctoral degree at ASU in voice performance. His degree has focused on the intersection of popular and classical music in modern society, and his dissertation explores bringing classical music into the 21st century using psychological research on social media and sharing behaviors.

Last year he received a competitive grant through Northern Trust and Virginia G. Piper to start a salon concert series in his home. Each concert bring together local musicians and audiences from different genres of music, including jazz, rock, a cappella, folk, and classical music.