Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

Ryan Kelly

Assistant Professor of Practice in Conducting

Ryan Kelly serves as Assistant Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Practice in Conducting at The University of Texas at Austin. His responsibilities include conducting the New Music Ensemble and Symphony Band, teaching undergraduate and graduate conducting, and serving as Director of Longhorn Music Camp, managing the university’s summer music program hosting over 1,100 students annually from across the United States. He has previously served the Butler School of Music as Interim Director of Orchestras and as Associate Director of the Longhorn Band. Prior to joining the UT faculty, Dr. Kelly was Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Central Florida, where he served as Director of the Marching Knights, conducted the Symphonic Band, and taught courses in music education.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Kelly maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and arranger. He conducts regional and All-State honor bands throughout the United States, and in the summer teaches on the faculty of the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project/World Adult Wind Orchestra Project as part of the Mid-Europe Festival in Schladming, Austria. Dr. Kelly is an enthusiastic advocate for new music, and has collaborated with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts and GRAMMY-nominated composer Adam Schoenberg to transcribe, premiere, and publish their music for wind ensemble.

A native of northern Virginia, Dr. Kelly received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Florida State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from The University of Texas at Austin. Before teaching at the university level, Dr. Kelly was a high school band director for seven years in Lakeland and Tallahassee, Florida. Dr. Kelly has presented at the state music conferences of Texas, Florida, and Ohio, the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Athletic Band Symposium, and the CBDNA Biennial National Conference. He has published articles in Research Perspectives in Music Education, Florida Music Director, and Southwestern Musician.

Dr. Kelly is a past chair of the social media committee for CBDNA, and has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Music Educators Association. In addition to CBDNA, his current professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Big 12 Band Directors Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, and BMI.