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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 is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities & Vocal Studies Coordinator at Arkansas State University where he teaches ensembles, choral conducting, and music education courses. During his career, he has directed choirs with singers of all ages in academic, community, and church settings. He is a former choral director at Lee’s Summit High School and Lee’s Summit West High School near Kansas City, MO. Prior to his time at A-State, 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. 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 clinician, with upcoming engagements for the 2020-2021 season at Carnegie Hall, the Arkansas Region 2 Mixed Choir, Eastern Arizona Honor Festival, and the Arkansas 9/10 Honor Choir. He is also an active singer in professional choral ensembles such as the 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).

Dr. Sullivan is the President of the Southwestern Division of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and a member of the National Board. He also serves on the Board of the Delta Symphony Orchestra in Jonesboro. In 2014 he was awarded the Prelude Award from Missouri ACDA and was named Kansas City Metro Director of the Year. 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