Andrew Ryker

Teaching Artist of Voice
Office Location: FAC 239
515-271-4571
andrew.ryker@drake.edu

Andrew Ryker received his master's degree in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory where he graduated with Academic Honors and was a student of John Moriarty. He has been heard with the Boston Pops, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, College Light Opera Company, La Musica Lirica and Overture Productions. Andrew was baritone soloist for Trinity Church's performances of Durufle's Requiem and Bach's Johannes Passion and his operatic roles have included Papageno (The Magic Flute), Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Marco (Gianni Schicchi), Silvio (Pagliacci), Don Alfonso (Cosi fan tutte), John Brooke (Little Women), Strephon (Iolanthe), St. Brioche (The Merry Widow), Le Suritendent (Cendrillon) and Jenik in the US premiere of Dvorak's Kral a Uhlir. He also performed regionally in Parade, Titanic, The Scarlet Pimpernel, 42nd Street, South Pacific, Brigadoon and On the 20th Century with Alice Ripley. Andrew has sung in master classes with Pierre Vallet, Vinson Cole, Alan Held and Warren Jones and has been featured several times on the St. John's Concert Series as well as various gala performances throughout the Marché region of Italy.

Ryker joined the voice faculty at Drake University in 2009. Prior to his appointment at Drake, Andrew taught at New England Conservatory, the Walnut Hill School for the Arts and Illinois Central College. As stage director, Andrew was the recipient of the Goldovsky Directing Fellowship with the Harrower Opera Workshop in Atlanta and a Young Artist at Opera North in New Hampshire. His productions have been seen with the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Intermezzo Chamber Opera, Eastern Nazarene College, Boston Opera Collaborative, Millikin University, MetroWest Opera, Drake University and New England Conservatory. He is the former Artistic Director of Boston Opera Collaborative and has served on the directing staff at Opera New Jersey and Opera North. Andrew joined the directing staff of Des Moines Metro Opera in 2010 and recently staged their touring productions of The Elixir of Love and The Three Little Pigs. Andrew continues to serve as an advisor for the Entrepreneurial Musicianship Program at New England Conservatory and regularly adjudicates for the National Opera Association. He has been featured in the Boston Globe, The EDGE and Classical Singer Magazine; his production of Benjamin Britten's Curlew River was named Boston's "Best Staged Opera of the Year" by the Boston Phoenix.

Fine Arts News
October 9, 2014
A renowned pianist known for bringing Beethoven to international audiences in exciting and novel ways will perform at Drake University.
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