Conductor and violist Ryan Villahermosa currently acts as Apprentice Conductor of the Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the Central Washington University Symphony Orchestra. Concurrently, Ryan is pursuing his M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from Central Washington University, studying under Dr. Nikolas Caoile, while continuing his viola studies with Dr. Michelle Rahn.
Originally from California, Ryan received his B.M. in Viola Performance from the University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music. His principal teachers at Pacific included Igor Veligan (viola), Dr. Nicolas Waldvogel (conducting), and Dr. Ann Miller (violin). At Pacific, Ryan won the Conservatory’s Concerto Competition, sat as principal viola in the orchestra, and performed with chamber ensembles around the Stockton community. From 2016-2018, Ryan lead rehearsals and sectionals for the Central Valley Youth Symphony, under the direction of Pacific professor Thomas Derthick. He also served as the organization’s orchestra manager and librarian.
Ryan is a member of the professional music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon, which seeks to advance music in the community, nation, and world through promotion of musicianship, scholarship, therapy, and education, with an emphasis on service through music. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys tasting local coffees, trying new writing tools, and playing competitive Magic: the Gathering.