Dr. Ryan Garrison is thrilled to be back in Colorado, now in his third year as Director of Vocal Music at the Denver School of the Arts. He currently conducts the DSA Treble Choir (6th-7th grades) and Chorale (advanced high school). Prior to his return, he was a choral director at Arizona School for the Arts, and Artistic Director of the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio (CCSA). He began his music education journey teaching middle school orchestra and choir in Colorado’s Adams Twelve school district (2001-2004).
In Arizona, Dr. Garrison was a singing member with the professional choral ensemble, The Phoenix Chorale, under the artistic vision of renowned conductor, Charles Bruffy. He is credited on four albums, garnering six Recording Academy Grammy Award® nominations and two Grammy® wins, including Best Choral Performance in 2016.
As Artistic Director with CCSA, Garrison oversaw the artistic development for eight ensembles, an early music program for infants and parents, and conducted the advanced flagship groups of the organization. He was also instrumental in developing a partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio, providing a tuition-free choral experience to San Antonio’s underserved communities.