For the past twenty-five years Bill Ryan has been a tireless advocate of contemporary music. Through his work as a composer, conductor, producer and educator, he has engaged audiences throughout the country with the music of our time. He has won the American Composers Forum Champion of New Music Award, the Michigan Governor’s Award in Arts Education, the Distinguished Contribution to a Discipline Award at Grand Valley State University, and was a finalist for the Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year award.

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Bill’s compositions have roots in minimalism, jazz and popular music. His music is energetic, evocative and deeply personal, and has been described as “…constantly threatening to burst at the seams, were those seams not so artfully structured...rarely has music this earthy been so elegant." [Gramophone Magazine]. His music has been performed in major cities and venues across the country including at le Poisson Rouge, Galapagos, Symphony Space, and Lincoln Center (New York), Woodruff Arts Center (Atlanta), the Atlas (Washington D.C.), Constellation (Chicago), MOCAD and the Max M. Fisher Center (Detroit), Initman Theater (Seattle), Hobby Center (Houston), and internationally in Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. His music has received awards from Meet the Composer, ASCAP, and New Music USA.

In addition to the concert stage, Bill’s music is used regularly by choreographers and dance companies throughout the country. Most recently he composed the music for Utopia: A Music and Dance Ambient Experience, a concert-length collaboration with choreographer Hannah Seidel and Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. This followed two evening-length collaborations with acclaimed Houston choreographer Karen Stokes, DEEP: Seaspace, and The Secondary Colors.

In 2004 Bill formed his own ensemble, Billband, to perform his compositions. Made up of today's most exciting and in-demand performers, the group released two recordings on the Innova label to critical acclaim. Their 2013 release Towards Daybreak was a featured release on NPR, the Huffington Post, and iTunes Classical.

Also active as a concert producer, Bill has presented 80 events in his Open Ears and Free Play concert series, gaining national recognition with three ASCAP/Chamber Music America Adventurous Programming Awards. Notable guests have included eighth blackbird, Prism, So Percussion, Ethel, Ashley Bathgate, Todd Reynolds, Robert Black, Michael Lowenstern, and the Akropolis Quintet.

With new music ensembles he founded at Suffolk Community College (New York) and then Grand Valley State University (Michigan), Bill has commissioned and premiered over 100 compositions by such notable composers as Sarah Kirkland Snider, Marc Mellits, David Lang, Anna Clyne, Zoe Keating, Rachel Grimes, Nico Muhly, and Shara Nova. Founded in 2006, the GVSU New Music Ensemble has been profiled in numerous publications including Newsweek, the New York Times, and Billboard Magazine, and featured on NPR's Weekend Edition, All Things Considered, WNYC's Radiolab, and Performance Today. With multiple awards from New Music USA and the National Endowment of the Arts, they have performed concerts at major cities and venues throughout the country including thirty national parks, the Bang On a Can Marathon, the New Music Gathering, as members of the all-star ensemble assembled by the Kronos Quartet to perform on the In C 45th Anniversary concert at Carnegie Hall, at the Make Music New York summer festival, and as part of the large ensemble that premiered Sila, by John Luther Adams, at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival.

Bill has produced five critically acclaimed recordings by the GVSU ensemble, with accolades including top year-end lists by the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Weekly, Time Out Chicago, and many others. Music from their second CD, In C Remixed, was heard on MTV's hit series Teen Wolf, as well as in the film As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM, which played in theaters across the United States as well as on the Showtime network. Their first CD, Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians, was named one of the top five classical recordings of the decade by WNYC’s John Schaefer, and has been heard at over 75 film festivals worldwide as the soundtrack to Michael Langan’s award winning film Choros.

Bill resides in West Michigan with his wife and numerous pets his three kids have left behind. When not working on music he can usually be found in the woods running ultra marathons, searching for the perfect IPA, or watching the continual struggles of the Detroit Lions and Tigers.