Ryan Baxter

DMA Student
Performance - Solo Piano
Office: TC 330
Email: rbaxte@uwo.ca

Ryan Baxter is a student in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at Western University’s Don Wright Faculty of Music, studying solo piano performance with Professor Stéphan Sylvestre. He received a Bachelor of Music from Brock University (2019), an Ontario Graduate Certificate in Music Composition from Humber College (2020), and a Master of Music from the University of Manitoba (2022), graduating from all three programs with the highest standing. At the University of Manitoba, Ryan held a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS-M) which supported his research project on Australian composer Carl Vine’s Sonata for Piano Four Hands (2009). This year he holds an Ontario Graduate Scholarship, which supports his continued work on Australian four-hands piano music, including Stuart Greenbaum’s Sonata for Piano Four Hands (2013). Outside of university study, Ryan holds LCRM, ARCT, and LTCL diplomas in piano, ARCT, ARCCO, CRCCO, and LTCL diplomas in organ, and an ARCT in piano pedagogy.

Beyond academic life, Ryan is Music Director and Organist at Rowntree Memorial United Church in London, Ontario. Previously, he held the same positions at Trillium United Church in St. Catharines (2016-2021). He has worked as a marker/grader, choral and instrumental accompanist, in-classroom tutor for mathematics and English, MOOC (massive open online course) facilitator, private piano and theory instructor, and in various other education-related positions. When Ryan is not practicing, writing, or working, he can be found walking outside, gardening, gaming on his PC, cooking, baking, and applying to more programs. He is happy to be part of the Western musical community!