Master 700 Director Ryan Heller
Ryan Heller, Director, is thrilled to be leading the wonderful musicians of the Alamo Metro Chorus. For the past 17 years, he has been directing the Pride of Portland Chorus, with whom he has won eight regional championships and many top-ten placements at Sweet Adelines International Competitions. In 2013, Ryan became a Master Director 700, an honor few other Sweet Adelines directors can claim!
In his professional life, Ryan is the Artistic Director and Conductor of Chorus Austin in Austin, TX. With Chorus Austin, Ryan has received numerous awards, including the 2018 Austin Critic’s Table Award for Best Classical Performance, and the 2017 Dale Warland Singers Commission Award from Chorus America. Past positions include Music Director /Conductor of the Southwest Washington Symphony, and Co-founder/Conductor of Portland Vocal Consort and the Columbia Chorale of Oregon. His bachelor and masters degrees are in conducting and vocal studies from Chapman University and Portland State University.
Ryan has been the Musical Director/Chorusmaster of many productions throughout the West Coast including productions of: Sweeney Todd, Annie, Brigadoon, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, The Magic Flute, La Cenerentola, and in 2016 served as Conductor for the world premiere opera The Canticle of the Black Madonna; He has appeared or recorded with numerous groups, including the Austin Symphony, Portland Opera, Rose City Chamber Orchestra, William Hall Master Chorale, Capella Romana, Astoria Music Festival, and Broadway Rose Theater Company. He has had the pleasure of touring with several ensembles throughout the USA, Europe, New Zealand, and China.
A popular coach, speaker, and guest conductor, Ryan works to bring out the optimal performance in each musician. With his trademark exuberance, Ryan is as energy-driven as the sound and performance he demands!