Ryan Downey

musician | arts thinker


Dr. Ryan Downey (bass-baritone) graduated with highest 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 his career, Dr. 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.

Ryan was recently awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in which he explored performances of Duke Ellington's First Sacred Concert in Phoenix, Arizona. The project was a culmination of archival research from collections throughout Arizona and the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

He has served as a member of the Phoenix Chorale, True Concord, Arizona Opera Chorus, American Bach Soloists, Oregon Bach Festival, and Trinity Cathedral Choir and has taught voice in private and collegiate voice studios.

In 2015, he received a competitive grant through Northern Trust and Virginia G. Piper to start a salon concert series in his home. Each concert brings together local musicians and audiences from different genres of music, including jazz, rock, a cappella, folk, and classical music.