Ryan Peteraf is a choral-orchestral conductor, organist, pianist, and an upcoming voice in the choral world. Currently, Ryan is the Music Director and Organist at St. Michael Lutheran Church in the Kennett Square Area of Pennsylvania. He oversees an active musical congregation that includes two adult choirs, a youth choir, and an adult handbell ensemble.
Ryan holds a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance with a minor in music education from the University of the Arts, and a Master of Sacred Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Notre Dame. At the University of the Arts, Ryan became very involved with community choirs. He served as an assistant conductor for the MasterWorks Chorale of Springfield, PA, and the Philadelphia Voices of Pride. He was also brought in as a guest conductor for a production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. During his studies he served as the assistant conductor to the University’s Chorus, Opera/Oratorio Ensemble, and Musical Theater Ensemble.
At Notre Dame, he studied with Carmen-Helena Téllez, and took masterclasses with Joseph Flummerfelt, Jerry Blackstone, Donald Nally, Patrick Quigley, and Alastair Willis. His proudest achievements have been preparing a choir that sang onstage to a sold out crowd with Patti LuPone, and a choir that sang for Philip Glass. He also was a co-director of the Notre Dame Children’s Choir. He received the Conducting Award at graduation from the Sacred Music Department at Notre Dame.