Music Department Faculty
Ryan Beeken is Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he conducts the University Chorale and the University Chorus and teaches choral conducting, introduction to music, and theory skills. Dr. Beeken received Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Drake University and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University.
Dr. Beeken's choirs have performed at State, Regional, and National Conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. His collaborations include projects with Simon Estes, Cantus, and the King Singers. Dr. Beeken has been engaged as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States and he regularly presents sessions for state and regional symposia; topics include repertoire, rehearsal techniques, motivation, and program building.
Prior to his appointment at IUP, Dr. Beeken taught at Michigan State University where he conducted the Women's Glee Club and while residing in Des Moines, Iowa, directed the Drake Chorale at Drake University. He also taught elementary, middle school, and high school music, most recently serving as Director of Vocal Music for Waukee Schools in suburban Des Moines.