Ph. D. in progress, University of Pittsburgh
M.M. The Hartt School
B.M. Duquesne University
Ryan McMasters is a Pittsburgh based music maker and PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh. As a composer, areas of interest include the study of distortion, setting the poetry of H.D., the use of new technologies in performance and education, and collaborations with the hard sciences, including a 3-month residency with a quantum information system lab. His bass playing credits include such varied groups as Alia Musica, Squonk Opera, and the house band for Red Caiman Media studios. He teaches an equally diverse set of styles from traditional classical methods to the Carol Kaye method for electric bass. His new music band, WOLFTRAP, provides a space to focus on the development of oral traditions for new music making. Ryan holds a Master of Music from The Hartt School in double bass performance and a Bachelor of Music from Duquesne University.