Adjunct Instructor of Choral Studies
Office: Music Building 224
D.M., Choral Conducting, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
M.M., Choral Conducting, University of Delaware
A.B., Music, Princeton University
Ryan J. Tibbetts is an adjunct faculty member at The College of New Jersey where he teaches undergraduate choral conducting. At TCNJ, he has also directed the College Choir (2012-13 academic year) and Women’s Ensemble (Fall 2013). He is also the Assistant Conductor of Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, the Choir Director and Organist at Summit Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Music Director of the Newark Symphony Chorus in Newark, DE, and an assistant conductor of the Newark Symphony Orchestra. Other recent appointments include a spring 2011 sabbatical replacement position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Bucknell University and Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor for The Princeton Festival’s June 2011 production of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. Dr. Tibbetts received his DM in Choral Conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he was the chorus master for several IU Opera Theater productions, an assistant conductor of the University Singers, and taught courses in undergraduate conducting. He received his BA in Music from Princeton University and his MM in Choral Conducting from the University of Delaware. He also served for two years as Director of Liturgical Music at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Middletown, Delaware, and spent two years as director of the Meadowood Singers in Bloomington. He has studied conducting with William Jon Gray, Paul Head, Brian Stone, Richard Tang Yuk, Carmen Téllez, and Gary Wedow, and has participated in shorter class sessions and masterclasses with conductors such as Charles Bruffy, Vance George, Don Moses, Donald Nally, Robert Porco and Dale Warland.
In addition to his work as a conductor, Mr. Tibbetts is also an accomplished singer, and has performed extensively as both a professional choral singer and soloist. He is currently a core singer with Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia and Choral Arts Philadelphia, and a member of the expanded core of The Philadelphia Singers. Recent solo work includes the North American premiere of Felix Mendelssohn’s performing version of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (Judas and Pontifex II), Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and cantatas 10, 21, 70 and 182, and the world premiere of Jeremy Gill’s Before the Wresting Tides. He has studied voice with Mary Ann Hart, Daniel Cole, Elem Eley and Vince Treadway. Dr. Tibbetts is a native of Wilmington, Delaware, and currently lives in Philadelphia with his wife Kate and their cat, Rachmaninov (Rocky for short).