Dr. Ryan Olsen is on faculty as assistant professor of Choral Music Education and director of the CSU Concert Choir.
Dr. Olsen has been active in all levels of music education in Kan., Miss., Ariz., Texas, and Colo. A native of Kansas City, Dr. Olsen received his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Arts in Music with an emphasis in choral music education from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Olsen taught middle school and high school choral music, music appreciation, and music theory courses in the Kansas City metropolitan area and served as the music director in various musical theater productions, including a production of Jesus Christ Superstar at the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Dr. Olsen received his D.M.A. in Choral Conducting with a cognate in Music Education from Arizona State University. Prior to joining the faculty at CSU, Dr. Olsen taught music education courses and directed the choral program at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.
While at ASU, Dr. Olsen helped form the Early Music Chamber Choir (now Solis Camerata) which specialized in the performance of music from the late medieval era through the early Baroque. This ensemble was invited to perform for the annual conference of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the English department's annual Chaucer Festival, and other performances on campus and in the Phoenix area. Dr. Olsen has also been an avid performer in choral ensembles including the Fine Arts Chorale of Kansas City, the Kansas City Symphony Chorus, the Phoenix Symphony Chorus, and the Kansas City Singers.
Dr. Olsen's major teachers in music education include: Dr. Charles Robinson, Dr. William Fredrickson, Dr. Randall Pembrooke, Dr. Marg Schmidt, and Dr. Sandra Stauffer. Conducting teachers include: Dr. Eph Ehly, Dr. Charles Robinson, Dr. Ryan Board, Dr. Gregory Gentry, Dr. David Schildkret, and Prof. Gary Hill. His research interests include the use of authentic assessment tools in music classrooms, concept mastery orientation, and the use of early music as instructional and performance tools in choral classrooms.