Ryan Lindveit (lind-vite) is an American composer who takes inspiration from literature, art, science, technology, and personal experience in order to craft colorful and emotionally vivid musical journeys. These works range from orchestral pieces premiered in Carnegie Hall and wind ensemble pieces performed at top universities to pieces for chamber ensembles, soloists, electronics, dance, and visual media. Ryan composed the score for the four-part, Sam Elliott-narrated docuseries Honor Guard released on Amazon Prime. He holds degrees from the University of Southern California (BM), Yale University (MM, MMA), and the University of Michigan (DMA). In addition, he earned the Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy from the University of Michigan. At USC, he was selected as Salutatorian for the class of 2016, named an Outstanding Graduate from the Thornton School of Music, and awarded the competitive Discovery Scholars Prize, a postgraduate grant awarded to ten graduating seniors for the creation of outstanding original work in any discipline. His teachers include Aaron Jay Kernis, Michael Daugherty, David Lang, Martin Bresnick, Christopher Theofanidis, Bright Sheng, Frank Ticheli, Andrew Norman, Ted Hearne, and Donald Crockett.
His works have been commissioned and performed by several distinguished ensembles including the Minnesota Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, American Composers Orchestra, New York Youth Symphony, Interlochen World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra, Orkest de Ereprijs, Yale Philharmonia, USC Thornton Symphony, Donald Sinta Quartet, FearNoMusic, the City of Tomorrow, and the wind ensembles at Northwestern, USC, UT Austin, Arizona State, Texas Tech, Illinois, and Yale, among others. His works for winds have been commissioned by H. Robert Reynolds and the Big 12 Band Directors Association, among other. His work has received recognition from BMI, ASCAP, SCI, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Band Association, Symphony in C, Tribeca New Music, and the Texas Music Educators Association. Ryan also won both the New Music for Orchestra and New Music for Wind Ensemble competitions at the University of Southern California. He has held fellowships or residencies at the Aspen Music Festival, Mizzou International Composers Festival, ACO Underwood New Music Readings, Next Festival of Emerging Artists, Red Note New Music Festival, the International Young Composers Meeting (Apeldoorn, NL), Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, and California Summer Music.
As a conductor, Ryan has premiered several of his own works as well as works by other living composers. A committed educator, Lindveit has taught composition, music theory, orchestration, film music, and music technology privately and at the collegiate level. He currently serves on the faculty of the College of Music at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville as Lecturer of Music Theory and Composition.