Ryan Kelly
  • Associate Professor of Practice in Wind Conducting
  • Assistant Director of Bands
  • Director of New Music Ensemble
Office Location: MBE 2.404A
  • Conducting

Education DMA, The University of Texas at Austin; MME, Florida State University; BME, Florida State University

Associated EnsemblesNew Music EnsembleSymphony Band

About Dr. Ryan Kelly is the Assistant Director of Bands and an Associate Professor of Practice in Conducting at The University of Texas at Austin. He conducts the New Music Ensemble and Symphony Band, teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting, and serves as Director of Longhorn Music Camp, overseeing 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, 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. Before teaching at the university level, he was a high school band director for seven years in Lakeland and Tallahassee, Florida. 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 summers 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. 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.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Kelly curates and hosts a weekly radio show featuring performances from UT students and faculty on KMFA Classical 89.5, Austin’s classical radio station, where he is also the Saturday morning on-air host. Currently, Kelly serves as Secretary for the Big 12 Band Directors Association, and as the faculty sponsor for the Alpha Tau chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi.

Courses MUS 222J Instrumental ConductingMUS 262C Intermediate Instrumental Conducting