Ryan Villahermosa is a violist and conductor from Orange County, California, and was recently appointed as Assistant Conductor of the Central Washington Symphony Orchestra and Apprentice Conductor of the Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra. Ryan is currently pursuing a Master’s of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Central Washington University, studying under Dr. Nikolas Caoile.
In 2018, Ryan received his Bachelor’s of Music in Viola Performance from the University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music, where he studied under Igor Veligan. At Pacific, Ryan won the Conservatory’s Concerto Competition, participated in masterclasses with Zino and Natasha Bogachek and Moni Simeonov, sat as principal viola in the orchestra, and performed with chamber ensembles around the Stockton community. In his senior year, Ryan also studied conducting with Dr. Nicolas Waldvogel and violin with Dr. Ann Miller. From 2016-2018, Ryan served as the orchestra manager and librarian for the Central Valley Youth Symphony, under the direction of Thomas Derthick, leading rehearsals and sectionals.
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, you can find Ryan journaling or playing competitive Magic: the Gathering.