Ryan Egeler performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician in the state of Michigan. His freelance experience includes performances with the Lansing Symphony, the Sault Symphony, the Kalamazoo Civic Orchestra, and the Midland Center Stage Theater. He has appeared as a guest performer with Josh Groben during his “Bridges” tour at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and with the Ionia High School jazz band at their annual jazz cabaret concert. He is an experienced pit musician, playing for productions of Newsies, 1940s Radio Hour, and White Christmas.
Egeler has extensive experience in church music, playing at the SS Peter & Paul Catholic church in Ionia, First Presbyterian Church in Mount Pleasant, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mount Pleasant, Holy Name Catholic Church in Birmingham, Zion Lutheran church in Kalamazoo, First Presbyterian Church in Kalamazoo, Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Petoskey, St. Johns Episcopal Church in Harbor Springs, Holy Child of Jesus Catholic Church in Harbor Springs, United Church of Christ in Midland, and many others.
Egeler has earned scholarships and endowed awards at both CMU and WMU, including the Paul I. Willwerth Brass Competition Scholarship, the Jack Saunders Endowed Scholarship, and a Graduate Assistantship with Western Michigan University. His performance has won him placement in finals at the National Trumpet Competition and several orchestral auditions in the midwest.
Teaching is an important component of musicianship for Egeler. He has taught clinics and masterclasses at public schools throughout Michigan, including Mattawan, Vicksburg, Midland, Bullock Creek, Royal Oak, Troy Athens, Clare, and Waldron public schools. Egeler has been teaching private lesson trumpet students for 10 years.
For all ability levels
I am passionate about seeing growth in students as they accomplish their musical goals. This statement is central to my approach to teaching, which is twofold:
First, it is important that I tailor my instruction to my students needs. That is, working with students to identify where they are, where they want to be, and how to get there. Setting achievable goals in progressive increments (one-week, one-month, one-year, and ten-year goals) helps students see success early, build momentum, and learn to trust and enjoy the process of learning. This requires that students develop self-evaluation skills and take ownership of their musical journey (both of which are essential for a positive musical experience).
Second, it is important that my instruction encourages the development of the whole musician. I work with my students to strengthen their relationship with their interpretive vision away from the instrument, and improve their technical skills on the trumpet. Young trumpeters improve their interpretive vision with an emphasis on history, theory, and aural skills, where singing helps them to fill their minds with music. A strong basis in trumpet fundamentals, addressed conceptually through exercises and routines, gives students the facility to express their musical vision freely.