Ryan Homsey is a versatile American composer, equally at home writing for chamber and choral ensembles, theater, and dance. His music has been performed in the US, Italy, France, and the Philippines. His compositions juxtapose tradition and innovation, contrasting melodic lyricism of folk music, Medieval chant, and neo-romanticism with a post-tonal and post-minimalist sense of harmony. He draws additional inspiration from his past experience as a professional ballet dancer.
His works have been performed by JACK Quartet, PUBLIQuartet, the DSSO String Quartet, Quiet City, violinist Adrianna Mateo, and baritone Kelvin Chan, among others. Commissions and awards have come from Young New Yorkers’ Chorus, NY Children’s Aid Chorus, New York City-based choir ActorCor, New Haven Oratorio Choir, and the Renaissance vocal ensemble earlybird. His work as a composer/sound designer has been heard in theater productions at the Metropolitan Playhouse, Astoria Performing Arts Center, The Deconstructive Theatre Project, Emerging Artists Theatre, BoCoCa Arts Festival, and The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival. As a 2013 recipient of American Composers Forum’s Live Music for Dance grant, Homsey composed a multi-movement work entitled Recurrent Stages for The Minnesota Ballet that received critical praise. The short film documenting this collaboration has been nominated for an Upper Midwest Emmy Award.
He holds a M.M. from New York University where he studied with Justin Dello Joio and Julia Wolfe. Ryan lives in New York City and is a lecturer at SUNY Purchase College’s Conservatory of Music. His music is published by Water Willow Music and GIA Publications.