Writing music that “resonates with edginess and modernity” (La Voz Latina Regional), composer and performer Ryan Dodge is committed to reinvigorating contemporary concert music through his unique synthesis of the bold new materials of the modern age with the timeless techniques of the great masters. Through his work as a composer of both secular and sacred music, his compositions have been heard in concert halls and houses of worship throughout the world including Lincoln Center, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (New York), the Bob Carr Center for the Performing Arts (home of the Orlando Philharmonic), and the Vatican.
Recently, Ryan’s music has been performed at the New Music on the Bayou Festival and at the American Guild of Organists (AGO) National Convention. In late 2017, Michael Hey (organist at New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral) recorded Ryan’s Psalm 30: For You have turned my mourning [...] into dancing; for JAV Recordings which has been played on NPR’s Pipedreams. Last November, Ryan was interviewed by the UK’s Choir and Organ Magazine in a feature which included the publication of his Fanfare on “Ding, Dong Merrily on High” a joint-commission between Choir and Organ Magazine and St. Thomas Church, 5th Avenue in NYC. Ryan’s Somavine was heard in Chicago in April, 2019 during the Chicago Ensemble’s 2018-2019 season.
A graduate of the Juilliard School with a degree in composition, Ryan’s teachers and mentors include composers Samuel Adler and Kenneth Frazelle, and Grammy-winning organist Paul Jacobs. In addition to his work as a composer, Ryan is a multi-instrumentalist who has played concerts and recitals across the country and has been seen on EWTN (Eternal Word Network), New York’s News 12—Brooklyn, and the Grenada Broadcasting Network in the Caribbean.
Ryan is currently the music director of the St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn.