Fiona M Ryan

About me 


I am a composer/musician from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. I grew up in Nova Scotia, and went to the UK and Ontario to complete graduate degrees in music composition, and am now back in Nova Scotia where I work as a composer, part time academic, performer, and music instructor, as well as doing occasional administrative/organizational work. In addition to being an award-winning composer whose music is featured on two new recordings, I also perform, teach music and direct ensembles, write (especially poetry and dramatic work), and collaborate on interdisciplinary arts projects. 


In 2013 I graduated from the University of Toronto with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition, where I studied composition with Chan Ka Nin, James Rolfe, and Christos Hatzis. During my time in Toronto I also performed in various ensembles and worked as Music Director at The Church of the Messiah. 


I completed a Master of Music in composition (with a minor project in improvisation) at the University of Newcastle (UK) in 2004, and a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance at Dalhousie University in 2002. Since returning to Halifax in 2014 I have worked on composition commissions, taught courses in the composition and theory department at the Fountain School of Performing Arts at Dalhousie University, have been a section lead in the choir of the Cathedral Church of All Saints, and have collaborated on performance and recording projects. 


I play clarinet, piano, sing, can play some other wind instruments and have been learning to play some other instruments. I have performed in choirs, improvisation ensembles, chamber music ensembles, rock bands, musicals, traditional/folk music groups, and as a soloist. 


My current creative research interests include narrative and storytelling in music, musical communication, miniatures and character pieces, and creatively exploring how ideas transform as they are transmitted from one person to another or from one (performance) medium to another. Past research and creative projects have included investigating the work and ideas of women composing in Canada, and creatively seeking ways to create compositions for live performance that are relevant for audiences of the digital age. 

I am always interested in opportunities for music composition, performance, or collaborative projects, and am also available to teach music lessons or help with editing/arranging music, so please contact me if you would like to hire me, commission some music, or collaborate.

You can listen to samples of my compositions and find out more about my compositions on my  compositions  page.


You can listen to samples of me performing on my performance  page. 


For music instruction services and inquiries, visit my teaching page. 

If you would like to find out more about my work or hear additional samples of my music, you can contact me through this website by clicking contact me or find my contact information listed on the bottom of the page.