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Ryan Smith

Ryan M. Smith is currently the Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Georgia College and State University, where he teaches applied lessons and directs the GC Percussion Ensemble. He has also served on faculty at Toccoa Falls College and as a graduate assistant for the UGA percussion studio, where his duties included teaching applied percussion, percussion methods, and directing the UGA Percussion Ensemble.  Dr. Smith is currently the Percussion Instructor for the Georgia Governor's Honors Program held during the summer at Valdosta State University.  His primary teachers include Thomas McCutchen and marimba artist She-e Wu, and he has performed in master classes with Leigh Howard Stevens, Michael Burritt, She-e Wu, Frederic Macarez, James Ross, percussion group NEXUS, and Alan Abel.  Additionally, he has performed with Thomas McCutchen, She-e Wu, Gordon Stout, Chris Deviney, Blake Tyson, and Kevin Bobo.  Dr. Smith is currently the Acting Principal Percussionist for the Albany (GA) Symphony Orchestra, and regularly performs with the Macon and Carroll Symphony Orchestras, New Trinity Baroque, and Gwinnett Ballet Theater Orchestra.  An advocate of new music, he has commissioned works for solo percussion and percussion ensemble and performed concerts of the music of Joan Tower, Charles Wuorinen, Lewis Spratlan, and John Cage, Lou Harrison, and Charles Ives with the Riverside Choral Society at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in NYC.  Dr. Smith is a founding member of the Arasmas Percussion Group, a percussion chamber ensemble with a repertoire spanning from the 1930s to the present and has premiered several new works.  He was selected as a finalist in the 2005 Percussion Arts Society's Solo Multi-Percussion with Electronic Accompaniment Competition.  Dr. Smith performs regularly with saxophonist Stephen Fischer at colleges/universities and at NASA (North American Saxophone Alliance) regional and national conferences.  He is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society, the National Association of Collegiate Wind and Percussion Instructors, and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.  Dr. Smith holds degrees in Percussion Performance from the University of Georgia and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

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