Conducting Fellow, Ryan Tani

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A driven and versatile conductor, Ryan Tani has been praised for his compelling musicianship in a wide range of symphonic and choral repertoire. He currently serves as Associate Conductor of the Occasional Symphony, Assistant Conductor of the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the COSMIC Orchestra, and Conducting Fellow for the Montgomery Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2015, Mr. Tani was declared the winner of the ACDA Undergraduate Student Conducting Competition at their national conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

During his tenure as Co-Founder and Music Director of the Concerto Chamber Orchestra from 2012–2015, Mr. Tani helped positively shape the orchestral scene in the Los Angeles area by providing a medium for high-level performance opportunities to student musicians of all majors. With this ensemble, he put together several performances per year for aspiring musicians to perform concertos. The infrastructure that Mr. Tani and his Board put together thrives to this day. 

Mr. Tani recently completed a Master of Music degree in conducting from the Peabody Institute, studying under Marin Alsop and Markand Thakar. In addition to his studies at Peabody, he was invited to the Eastern Music Festival in 2016 as a Conducting Fellow where he studied under Gerard Schwarz, Grant Cooper, and José-Luis Novo. 

Mr. Tani holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern California. Prior to his conducting study, he was a tenor soloist with several professional early-music and new-music groups in the Los Angeles area, including the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia, Horizon Music Group, Tesserae LA, De Angelis, Flos Campi, and Thornton Edge, and a member of the USC Chamber Singers. For enjoyment, Mr. Tani plays violin, jazz piano, viola da gamba, and Renaissance recorder.  As an avid runner, he enjoys exploring new routes in the greater Maryland area.