Artistic Director and Conductor
Recently appointed as the fourth Artistic Director and Conductor of the Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale, Ryan J. Tibbetts is also the Assistant Conductor of Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, Music Director of the Newark Symphony Chorus in Newark, DE, and an assistant conductor of the Newark Symphony Orchestra. For five years, he served as Organist and Choir Director at Summit Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. Other recent appointments include conducting the Atlantic Coast Opera Festival’s August 2015 production of Beethoven’s Fidelio, serving as adjunct faculty at The College of New Jersey, and a spring 2011 sabbatical replacement position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Bucknell University. Dr. Tibbetts received his DM in Choral Conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he was the chorus master for several IU Opera Theater productions, an assistant conductor of the University Singers, and taught courses in undergraduate choral conducting. He received his BA in Music from Princeton University and his MM in Choral Conducting from the University of Delaware. He has studied conducting with William Jon Gray, Paul Head, Brian Stone, Richard Tang Yuk, Carmen Téllez, and Gary Wedow, and has participated in shorter class sessions and masterclasses with conductors such as Charles Bruffy, Vance George, Don Moses, Donald Nally, Robert Porco and Dale Warland.
In addition to his work as a conductor, Dr. Tibbetts is also an accomplished singer, and has performed extensively as both a professional choral singer and soloist. He is currently a core singer with Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia and Choral Arts Philadelphia, and was a member of the expanded core of The Philadelphia Singers. Recent solo work includes the North American premiere of Felix Mendelssohn’s performing version of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (Judas and Pontifex II), the world premiere of Byron Au Yong’s TURBINE, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and cantatas 10, 21, 22, 70 and 182, Handel’s Sing unto God, and the world premiere of Jeremy Gill’s Before the Wresting Tides. He has studied voice with Mary Ann Hart, Daniel Cole, Elem Eley and Vince Treadway. Dr. Tibbetts is a native of Wilmington, Delaware, and currently lives in Richmond, Virginia, with his wife Kate and their cat, Rachmaninov (Rocky for short).