Ryan Ebright


Position: Assistant Professor, musicology
Phone: 419-372-2866
Email: eryan@bgsu.edu
Address: 2005 Moore Musical Arts Center

Ryan Ebright completed his Ph.D. in musicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and also holds a M.M. degree in musicology and vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. His research focuses on music for the voice, stage, and screen, with an emphasis on twentieth-century opera, minimalism, and nineteenth-century Lieder. His current book project, Making American Opera for the Modern Age, centers on the negotiation of cultural politics, artistic innovation, and the politics of institution and genre in the creation of new American operas from the 1980s to the present.

Dr. Ebright presents regularly at regional, national, and international conferences. He has written for publications including American Music and The New York Times, and has an article forthcoming in the edited collection Rethinking Reich. Before coming to BGSU, Dr. Ebright taught at UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC Greensboro.

Courses Taught

American Opera after Einstein

Minimalism: Theory, Culture, Praxis

20th-Century Music Survey

DMA Multidisciplinary Seminar in Post-1945 Music and Culture

Chamber Music Literature

Symphonic Literature

Exploring Music

Select Publications

“‘We are not trying to make a political piece’: The Reconciliatory Aesthetic of The Cave.” In Rethinking Reich, edited by Sumanth Gopinath and Pwyll ap Siôn. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Forthcoming, 2018]

“Philip Glass.” Oxford Bibliographies Online. [Forthcoming, 2017]

“‘My answer to what music theater can be’: Iconoclasm and Entrepreneurship in Steve Reich and Beryl Korot’s The Cave,” American Music 37, no. 1 (Spring 2017): 29–50.

“Celebrating Women’s Rights, ‘That Most American Of Operas’,” New York Times, 3 November 2017. 

“How to Produce Opera Outside the Opera House.” NewMusicBox, 16 August 2017. http://www.newmusicbox.org/articles/how-to-produce-opera-outside-the-opera-house/  

“‘People Power’—The Communal Ethos of Satyagraha.” NewMusicBox, 8 June 2016. http://www.newmusicbox.org/articles/people-power-the-communal-ethos-of-satyagraha/

Reviews of William Cheng, Sound Play: Video Games and the Musical Imagination. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014; Winifred Phillips, A Composer’s Guide to Game Music. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2014. MAKE: A Literary Magazine (July 2015). http://makemag.com/double-review-composers-guide-to-game-music-and-sound-play.

Recent Presentations

“Incubating American ‘Opera-Theater’: Beth Morrison Productions, Los Angeles Opera, and Missy Mazzoli’s Song from the Uproar,” Annual Meeting of the Society for American Music, Kansas City. March 2018. 

“Scoring the Body: Meredith Monk’s Atlas as Operatic Work,” National Meeting of the American Musicological Society, Rochester. November 2017.

“(Per)forming Meredith Monk’s Atlas,” Sixth International Conference on Minimalist Music, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. June 2017. 

Panelist and Organizer, “New Music(ology) Gathering II: A Panel of Scholarly Perspectives on Supporting New Music,” New Music Gathering, BGSU. May 2017.