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Director of Choral Activities


  • D.M.A, University of North Texas, Choral Conducting
  • M.M., Texas Tech University, Choral Conducting
  • B.M.E., University of Missouri - Kansas City, Choral Music Education
  • B.M., University of Missouri - Kansas City, Voice Performance

Teaching Specialties

  • Choral Ensembles
  • Conducting
  • Historical Performance
  • Secondary Methods

Research Interests

  • Conducting Pedagogy
  • Pre-Service Teacher Education
  • Historical Performance Practice
  • Editing Manuscripts and Early Prints


  • American Choral Directors Association
  • Conductors Guild
  • Early Music America
  • Society for Research in Music Education
  • National Association for Music Education


Ryan W. Sullivan, DMA, is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Arkansas State University. During his career, he has directed choirs with singers of all ages in academic, community, and church settings. He was the Associate Conductor for the Dallas Symphony Chorus and served as the conductor of Collegium Singers, the University of North Texas’ early music ensemble, as a sabbatical replacement. Dr. Sullivan enjoys bringing new music to life and recently conducted two North American opera premieres. His interests also lie in early vocal works of the Renaissance and Baroque, and in particular 17th century Venetian music. In 2018, he was awarded the Adams-Nordstrom Award for Early Music Studies.

Sullivan is an active performer in professional choral ensembles such as Santa Fe Desert Chorale, San Antonio Chamber Choir, The Cecilia Ensemble (GA), and Spire Chamber Ensemble. As a soloist, he has appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival, and with Austin Baroque Orchestra, the University of North Texas and Texas Tech University. His performances have been described as “a handsome, well controlled baritone” (Dallas Morning News).

Prior to graduate studies, Sullivan taught choral music at Lee’s Summit High School and Lee’s Summit West High School near Kansas City, MO. He is a frequent clinician for ensembles and guest lecturer at universities. In 2014 he was awarded the Prelude Award from the Missouri Choral Directors Association and was named Kansas City Metro Director of the Year. Sullivan currently serves as Chair of Ethnic Music for Arkansas ACDA and Student Immersion Day Co-Chair for the Southwest American Choral Directors Association Conference. In 2020, he will be Co-Program Chair for SWACDA in 2022. He also serves the Delta Symphony Orchestra as a Board Member-at-Large. His principal teachers have been Allen Hightower, Richard Bjella, Joshua Habermann and Richard Sparks (conducting), William Joyner and Vinson Cole (voice), and Brad Bennight (harpsichord).

Ryan Sullivan

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-3841
F: (870) 972-3932


Building: Fine Arts Center
Room: 143