08.29.2013 // Dynasty Welcomes Dr. Ryan C. Lewis

8.29.13 Dynasty Bergerault Welcomes Dr. Ryan C. Lewis

Dr. Ryan C. Lewis is Assistant Professor of Percussion at Ouachita Baptist University where he teaches Applied Percussion, Percussion Techniques, and Music History courses and directs the Percussion Ensemble, Tiger Drum Line, and Tiger Steel Drum Band.


Previously he served on the music faculties of Claflin University, the University of South Carolina, and Florida State University, where he directed the Caribbean Steel Drum Ensemble. Lewis received recognition for outstanding undergraduate teaching at the University of South Carolina and was awarded “Teacher of the Year” honors as a public school General Music Teacher in Florida.  


Lewis holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Percussion Performance from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from Florida State University, and a Bachelor’s of Instrumental Music Education from Furman University. His primary teachers include Scott Herring, John W. Parks IV, Gary Werdesheim, Leon Anderson, Jonathan Haas, and John S. Beckford.      


An active member of the Percussive Arts Society and College Music Society, Lewis is the current President of the Arkansas Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and serves on the Scholarly Research Committee. He also serves on the faculty at the annual Bob Becker Ragtime Xylophone Workshop.


Lewis has presented solo and chamber performances at Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, College Music Society National Conventions, Eastern Trombone Workshop, and Bob Becker Ragtime Xylophone Workshop. Lewis performs with his own piano-percussion group, Duo Matre, and flute-clarinet-percussion group Trio di Risata. He has appeared with So Percussion, Bob Becker, composer-conductor John Harbison, Mannheim Steamroller, Afro-pop guitarist Habib Koité, and Chinese zheng-master Haiqiong Deng in her Carnegie Hall debut.


Former Principal Percussionist of the Spartanburg Symphony Orchestra, Lewis has performed as timpanist-percussionist with many professional symphony orchestras and under the direction of maestros Keith Lockhart, David Zinman, and Leonard Slatkin. He has performed with the symphonic and opera orchestras of the Aspen Music Festival and the Rome Festival of Italy, as well as the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, Augusta Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, Long Bay Symphony Orchestra, and Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra.  


His scholarly activities include published articles in Percussive Notes, research presentations at Percussive Arts Society International Conventions and College Music Society National Conventions, a curated special exhibit at the Rhythm Discovery Center and Museum, and the textbook MusiConnections: The Spectrum of Music Appreciation from GRT Publications.


As an Artist-Educator for Dynasty concert percussion instruments and Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, Lewis frequently presents clinics, masterclasses, and guest lectures at music educator conferences, high schools, and universities centering on world music cultures, hand drums, jazz drum set, fundamental techniques, symphonic performance practice, historical aspects of percussion instruments, and the celebrity xylophonist George Hamilton Green. 


Lewis reads science fiction-fantasy novels rather slowly and plays racquetball rather poorly, but manages to cook rather decently.  He and his wife live in Arkadelphia with their children and their escape-artist beagle.