Dr. Ryan Deignan

Ryan Deignan
Professional Title
Assistant Professor, Associate Director of Choral Activities

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Ryan Deignan is Assistant Professor of Choral Music at the University of Minnesota Duluth where he conducts the UMD Concert Chorale, leads vocal jazz ensembles Lake Effect and Chill Factor, and teaches traditional and jazz voice lessons, ear training, and vocal pedagogy. 


In addition to teaching and leading ensembles, Deignan maintains a vocal performance schedule as time permits. He sang with professional choir Red Shift in their 2020 Southern ACDA performance, where he also served as tenor soloist. Deignan performed with professional choirs Orpheus and Dallas Bach Society, and Denton Bach Society as tenor soloist in their presentation of Rossini's Petit Messe Solennelle. He sang for the Cedar Rapids Chorale, Chorale Midwest, and Orchestra Iowa as tenor soloist and Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre as tenor soloist and young artist. In 2011, he was chorus-master of CROT's production of The Merry Widow. Deignan was tenor soloist for the University of Iowa Choirs and Orchestra's 2016 performance of Schubert's Mass in Ab 


At the secondary level, Deignan led the West Des Moines Valley High School choral program of 350 students, seven traditional choirs, two show choirs, and four jazz choirs. Under his direction, Valley Singers performed at the 2016 NC-ACDA Convention in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at the Luther College Dorian Invitational, and with the Iowa State Singers and Nordic Choir on their annual tours.  Prior to his work at West Des Moines, Deignan was Associate Director of Vocal Music at Cedar Rapids Washington High School where he led a Slice of Jazz to the 2012 Iowa Vocal Jazz Championship.

Deignan studied music education with Jeremy Manternach and Jessica Nápoles, voice with Edwin Andereck and Stephen Swanson, vocal pedagogy with Jeremy Manternach and Stephen F. Austin, and conducting with Craig Arnold, Timothy Stalter, and Allen Hightower.


Deignan holds a BA in Vocal Performance from Luther College, an MA in Music Education from the University of Iowa and DMA in Choral Studies from the University of North Texas. He is a member of ACDA, NAFME, NATS, JEN, and the Voice Foundation. 

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