B.M., Manhattan School of Music, 2000
M.A., Tufts University, 2004
M.M.A., Yale University, 2006
D.M.A., ibid., 2010
MUSI 471/MUSI 472: Theory I
MUSI 473/MUSI 474: Ear Training I
MUSI 573/MUSI 574: Ear Training II
MUSI 771/MUSI 871: Counterpoint
MUSI 775/MUSI 776: Composition
MUSI 781: Analysis
MUSI 782: Analysis (post-tonal)
MUSI 795: Special Studies
MUSI 994: Theory Seminar
MUSI 995: Independent Study
Active as a composer, conductor, pianist, theorist, and teacher, Ryan Vigil has been a visible presence in new music communities throughout the northeastern United States for well over a decade. Vigil has been credited with creating a “sound world all his own,” one which invites listeners to engage with the music as pure, abstract sound. Noted for its sensitivity to color, and a relaxed, open approach to form, his music has acquired a faithful following amongst classically-trained performers, progressive improvisers, and lay audiences all over the country.
Vigil has been composing since he was six years old and holds degrees from Yale University, Tufts University, and the Manhattan School of Music. His principle teachers have been Martin Bresnick, Marti Epstein, Aaron Jay Kernis, John McDonald, and Elias Tanenbaum. His music, ranging from solo compositions to orchestral works, has been performed on four continents.
His work has been recorded by the Millenium Symphony, the Colby College Chorale, and John McDonald, amongst others. Commissions have come from guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan, organist Kendall Crilly, and Paul Machlin and the Colby College Chorale. Vigil’s music has recently been heard at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, the Longy School of Music’s Pickman Concert Hall, and Merkin Hall at Lincoln Center. Concerts devoted exclusively to Vigil’s work have been presented on numerous campuses across the country, including the University of Hartford, University of New Hampshire, Tufts University, Yale University, Colby College, and Connecticut College. Performances of Vigil’s music have been given at numerous museums and galleries including the MassMoCA, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, The Colby Museum of Art, and the Zeitgeist Gallery. Finally, Vigil’s music has been featured at numerous festivals, including the Oregon Bach Festival, Music05 (Cincinnati, OH), June in Buffalo, New England Conservatory's Summer Institute for Contemporary Piano Performance, the Rivers Music School’s Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young, and the Cazenovia Festival of New Music and Art.
In addition to his activities as a composer, Vigil’s schedule features regular appearances at the keyboard. Over the past few years, Vigil has given numerous solo and collaborative recitals including appearances as part of the Composer at the Keyboard series (Zeitgeist Gallery), the Goddard Chapel Recital Series (Medford, MA), and the Framingham State College Summer Concert Series. He has also worked extensively as a choral accompanist and assistant conductor with numerous choirs throughout the region, such as the New England Conservatory Camerata, and the Pine Manor College Chorus, and including lengthy engagements with the choral programs at Tufts University and the Rivers School. Vigil is also an active church musician, having served of the director of music at the United Methodist Church of Newton, MA, and organist at the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Southbury, CT; Ryan remains busy as a substitute church organist and pianist throughout New England.
Vigil’s work as a scholar centers on American experimental music, with a special emphasis on the music of John Cage and Morton Feldman. His work has been published in Perspectives of New Music and American Music. Teaching remains a major priority for Vigil. After a two-year engagement as the faculty fellow in music at Colby College, and a year lecturing at Connecticut College, Vigil is currently a lecturer in music theory and ear training at the University of New Hampshire.