Ryan Garrison


May 16, 2017

Ryan Garrison, who received a DMA in choral conducting, was appointed to the artistic director post at the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio. Garrison is the second artistic director in the organization’s 34-year history.

“I look forward to working with the committed staff, board and community of educators and directors in San Antonio; together we will nurture and ignite the joy of singing and provide a high standard of quality choral performance in San Antonio and beyond,” Garrison said in a press release. ASU School of Music alum Ryan Garrison Download Full Image

Since 2005, Garrison has been a singing member of the Grammy-award winning professional choral ensemble The Phoenix Chorale. In 2013, he joined the choral artistic staff at Arizona School for the Arts in central Phoenix.

Brandon Houghtalen


May 16, 2017

Brandon Houghtalen, who earned a DMA with a concentration in conducting from the School of Music in 2012, has been selected to present a session at the 71st annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. Houghtalen’s presentation, "Music for All of Us: Reflecting Society Through Repertoire Selection,” is a continuation of his research on the American musician James Reese Europe.

Also, in June, Houghtalen will begin his third year as conductor of the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts Wind Ensemble. The Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts exists to provide high-quality arts education for gifted and talented high school students in the state of Tennessee. The pre-professional summer curriculum includes individual and group instruction designed to help each student explore and develop his or her talents in music, ballet, theatre, filmmaking and visual art. School of Music alumni Brandon Houghtalen Download Full Image