Oklahoma State University
Dr. Ryan Gardner is currently the Associate Professor of Trumpet at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Gardner received his Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music with highest distinction, his Master of Music from Rice University - Shepherd School of Music, and his Doctor of Musical Arts from the Manhattan School of Music.
Prior to his appointment at Oklahoma State University, Dr. Gardner served as the Assistant Professor of High Brass and the Jazz Band Director at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. In New York, Dr. Gardner enjoyed a successful free-lance and teaching career. He held faculty positions at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege, Third Street Music Settlement, Music Conservatory of Westchester, Greenwich House Music School, and Meyer London School, as well as at the Manhattan School of Music Summer Camp.
Dr. Gardner has played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Honolulu Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Tulsa Symphony, the Tulsa Opera, the Artosphere Festival Orchestra, the Fort Smith Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra USA, the Music Academy of the West Orchestra, the Aldeburgh Festival Britten-Pears Orchestra in England, and the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland, directed by James Levine. Dr. Gardner continues to have an active orchestral performing schedule. He plays principal trumpet with the Distinguished Concerts International Orchestra in New York City and is a member of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas and the Artosphere Festival Orchestra.