Monday, June 8, 2020
The Mississippi State University Department of Music is pleased to welcome Dr. Blake Ryall to our faculty as Lecturer of Tuba and Euphonium. Dr. Ryall holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University, the Master of Music degree from East Carolina University, and the Bachelor of Music degree from Appalachian State University.
"I am absolutely delighted to be joining the music faculty at Mississippi State University! I’ve made some wonderful connections with colleagues so far and cannot wait to join such a thriving community of musicians and educators," Dr. Ryall said. "I’m eager to begin working with the students of the tuba and euphonium studio at MSU. I hope to offer new perspectives, ideas, and opportunities for this group of students in establishing a musical culture rooted in collaboration, inspiration, and artistry."
Dr. Ryall has most recently performed with the Phoenix Symphony, West Valley Symphony, MusicaNova Orchestra and the Symphony of the Southwest. He was a member of the 2019 International Tuba/Euphonium Association All-Star Ensemble, a featured soloist with the Phoenix Brass Collective, and has performed in many chamber ensembles including the Salt River Brass Band, Sonoran Brass Quintet, Maroon X Tuba Quartet and the Arizona State University Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble.
Dr. Ryall has presented at state conferences including the 2019 Arizona Music Educator's Conference, taught clinics in the public schools in Arizona, and premiered new works including "Tapestry X" for tuba/euphonium quartet at the Pershing's Own United States Army Tuba/Euphonium Workshop in 2018. As a composer, Dr. Ryall has had four works premiered including "Momentum for Tuba and Marimba" (November 2016), "Anxious Impressions for Solo Tuba" (April 2017), "Shred!!" for two tubas (March 2018) and "Crossplay” for tuba and euphonium Duet (November 2019).
At Mississippi State, Dr. Ryall will teach applied tuba and euphonium lessons, direct the tuba and euphonium ensemble, and perform in the MSU Faculty Brass Quintet.