College of Music Program Book 2011-2012: Ensemble & Other Performances, Volume 1 Page: 41
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James Ryon has appeared as recitalist and soloist in the United States, South and
Central America and the Middle East. His recent performances include the Martinf
Sinfonia Concertante with the Southern Illinois Music Festival, the Strauss Oboe
Concerto with the Orchestra Sinfonica Brasileira and both the Strauss Oboe
Concerto and the Telemann Concerto for Oboe d'Amore with the UANL Chamber
Orchestra in Monterrey, Mexico. He was recently appointed professor of oboe at
the University of North Texas College of Music and he continues to serve as the
principal oboist of the Baton Rouge Symphony. He holds bachelor's and master's
degrees in music from the Juilliard School and has received performance fellowships
at the Aspen, Berkshire, Blossom, Kneisel Hall and New College music festivals.
His principal teachers are Robert Bloom and John Mack.
Professor Ryon also has served as professor of oboe at Louisiana State University
and University of Akron, as well as principal oboist with the Akron Symphony,
Florida Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmonica de Caracas, and Orchestra Estadual de
Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. For 19 years he was a member of the Solaris
Quintet in residence at the University of Akron. He also has taught at Baldwin
Wallace Conservatory, University of South Florida (where he was a member of
the Ars Nova Quintet), and Caracas Philharmonic Conservatory (where he was
director of Musica en las Escuelas, a musical outreach program).
His interest and research in Brazilian music led to his organizing BrazilFest '91 at
the University of Akron, performing at several festivals of Brazilian contemporary
music, and establishing the Burle Marx Brazilian Music Collection at the University
of Akron's Bierce Library. In March 2000 he commissioned and premiered Joao
Guilherme Ripper's Abertura Concertante for Oboe, English Horn and Orchestra
with the Akron Symphony. Ryon's CD, 20th-Century Brazilian Chamber Music
for Oboe, Cello and Piano with the Burle Marx Trio, has been released by Jeanne
Digital. His two recordings with Solaris may be found on Capstone Records.
With a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts in 2005, James Ryon and the
Burle Marx Trio inaugurated the Pelican State Chamber Music Series, a series of
12 concerts in New Roads and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His wide-ranging musical
experience includes tours and concerts with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Cleveland
Opera, Cleveland Ballet, Cleveland Orchestra, Ohio Ballet, Canton Symphony,
Charleston Symphony, Bach Aria Group and the British rock group Emerson, Lake
and Palmer. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ryon also holds a degree in engineering
and applied science from Yale University.
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