Ryan Kelly

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Associate Director, Butler School of Music
Associate Director of Bands

Director, New Music Ensemble
Director, Wind Symphony
Associate Professor of Practice in Conducting  

Ryan Kelly serves as Associate Professor of Practice in Conducting, Associate Director of Bands, and Associate Director of the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin. His responsibilities include conducting the Wind Symphony, directing the New Music Ensemble, and teaching undergraduate and graduate conducting. He has previously served the Butler School 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.

Dr. Kelly is an active guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. 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 as part of the Mid-Europe Festival in Schladming, Austria. As an arranger, Dr. Kelly 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, Dr. 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.

A native of northern Virginia, Dr. Kelly received 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, he was a high school band director for seven years in Lakeland and Tallahassee, Florida.

ENS 107N/187N
New Music Ensemble

ENS 103S/183S
Wind Symphony

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Campus location
MRH 3.832E (Admin) 2.404A(Academic)

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Doctor of Musical Arts
The University of Texas at Austin

Master of Music Education
Florida State University

Bachelor of Master Education 
Florida State University


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