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Ryan Schultz

College of Arts and Sciences


B.S. (Music Education), 2006, Olivet Nazarene University

An accomplished euphonium and piano player, arranger and drill designer, Professor Schultz connects with Olivet’s music students in a variety of areas. He directs the Marching Tigers band, conducts the Wind Symphony, directs Testament Men’s Choir, gives direction to the Instrumental Studio, and teaches courses in music history and instrumental methods.

Prior to joining Olivet’s faculty, he taught band and choir for grades 5 through 12 in the Donovan (Ill.) School District.

In 2012, he helped bring the National Guard Band, under the direction of Major Brian Miller, to Olivet for a combined concert with the Wind Symphony in Centennial Chapel. He also hosted a concert by Dr. Matt Jacklin, percussion instructor, who performed the landmark 20th century concerto for percussion by Joseph Schwantner.

In 2013, he made arrangements to bring premier saxophonist, master teacher and Yamaha artist Eugene Rousseau to campus for a master class and concert. 

He has studied conducting in master classes with renowned conductors Dr. Donald Hunsberger, Dr. Joe Missal and Dr. Eric Janners. Performing as a featured soloist, he has appeared with the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra and the New Horizon’s Band under the direction of Dr. Harlow Hopkins, professor emeritus of Olivet. 

Professor Schultz is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and also professionally affiliated with the Acting Out Theatre Company, Bourbonnais.

He is a native of Chicago Heights, Ill., where his parents still live. Reading books on music history and traveling are a few of his favorite pastimes.



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