Ryan M. Hare (b. 1970), originally from Reno, Nevada, teaches composition, music theory, and bassoon at Washington State University, where he is an associate professor of music. Having served as Composer in Residence for the Washington Idaho Symphony from 2011-2015, his compositions have been heard in numerous venues and festivals throughout the United States, and also in the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Chile, Thailand, and the Philippines. Hare was recently named “Composer of the Year” by the Washington State Music Teacher’s Association, an honor which endowed a paid commission (Dark Energy, composed for 88 Squared). Other recent honors include a prestigious Artist Trust Fellowship, grants from New Music USA’s “MetLife Creative Connections” program, the ASCAP Plus Award, and commissions and premieres from the Washington Idaho Symphony (Three Short Pieces for Orchestra and Maracanazo) and Affinity Chamber Players (Chamber Concerto). Additional recent commissions include Spirits of the Dead for the University of Idaho Vandaleers Concert Choir, and forthcoming works for string orchestra for the Lake Forest College Chamber Orchestra, as well as a piece for flute and piano for Ann Yasinitsky, professor of flute at Washington State University. Ryan Hare has also twice been the featured composer at the Washington Composers Forum’s “Composer Spotlight,” at Jack Straw Productions in Seattle.
Ryan Hare earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of Washington; his other degrees include a Master of Music in Composition from Ithaca College and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Oregon State University. Prior to his arrival at WSU, Dr. Hare held appointments at the University of Washington, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University, and Oregon State University, and taught composition and bassoon at Music Works Northwest. His principal teachers in composition have been Joël-François Durand, Richard Karpen, and Diane Thome at the University of Washington, Greg Woodward at Ithaca College, and Ron Jeffers at Oregon State University. Additional composition studies include Shulamit Ran and Jacob Druckman, both as visiting composers at Ithaca College, and with Brian Ferneyhough and Paul-Heinz Dittrich at the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt, Germany.