An Ohio transplant in the Southeast, Ryan Fox moved to South Carolina to pursue higher education, but has stayed to enjoy the mild winters, the southern hospitality, and, of course, the great food.
Ryan brings along with him years of collegiate and professional playing experiences from a variety of settings and genres including participation in concert bands, orchestras, musicals, and operas, as well as playing in classical, latin and jazz styles. This allows him to be a well-rounded musician and teacher, offering insight from different perspectives when performing, teaching, and leading masterclasses/clinics. Students who take advantage of these experiences have found success at Solo & Ensemble, auditioned into principal chairs in their school ensembles, community youth orchestras, region bands, and placement into All-State.
In addition to professional insights, supplemented with a strong sense of secondary musical basics like ear training and historical relevance, Ryan also prides himself in sharing non-musical ideals with the members of his studio. Mindfulness and wellness are top priorities in managing the stress and strains of not only the study of instrumental music, but also life in general. Skills like responsibility, diligence, time management, and creative thinking are all things that he strives to instill in his students each and every semester.
Since receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Music from The University of Akron in 2014, Ryan is currently pursuing a master's in Multiple Woodwinds at the University of South Carolina. As a young artist, he has played in masterclasses for several of today's premier bassoonists, including David McGill (former principal of Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Robert Williams (principal of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra), Barrick Stees (assistant principal of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra), and Monica Ellis (Imani Winds). Primary teachers have included Jethro Woodson, Cynthia Cioffari, Ronald Wirt, and Michael Harley (bassoon), Jennifer Parker-Harley (flute), Joseph Eller (clarinet), and Cliff Leaman (saxophone).