J. Ryan Garber

classical music composer


J. Ryan Garber's music has been performed in a variety of venues in the United States and Europe. He has received awards, recognition, and special performances from five national organizations and was named "Composer of the Year" by the Tennessee Music Teachers Association in 2002. His music has been released on the Bella Musica, Vox Novus, ErmMedia, and Capstone labels.

Garber earned the BM and MM in music composition at James Madison University and the DM in music composition at The Florida State University. His principal teachers were John Hilliard and Ladislav Kubik. Additionally, Garber has benefited from individual insights on composing from, among others, Donald Erb, Libby Larsen, Nancy Van de Vate, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.

Currently organist/choirmaster and composer-in-residence at All Saints' Episcopal Church (Morristown, TN), Garber also teaches music courses at Walters State Community College. Previously he taught (music composition/theory, organ, bassoon) at Carson-Newman University for eight years where he was an associate professor and winner of the excellence in teaching/leadership and creativity awards. He has performed in a wide variety of concert and recital settings as an organist, pianist, and bassoonist, including a tour of Europe as part of the Duo Parabolique et D’ivoire.