School of Music

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Ryan M. Hare

Office: Kimbrough 441
School of Music
Washington State University
PO Box 645300
Pullman, WA 99164-5300
Phone: (509) 335-4813
FAX: (509) 335-4245

Dr. Ryan M. Hare

Coordinator of Theory and Composition
Associate Professor of Music
Bassoon, Theory, Composition

Ryan M. Hare teaches composition, music theory, and bassoon at Washington State University and is Composer in Residence for the Washington Idaho Symphony. His compositions have been heard in numerous venues and festivals throughout the United States, and also in Germany, Chile, Thailand, and the Philippines. In 2012, Hare was named “Composer of the Year” by the Washington State Music Teacher’s Association, an honor which endowed a paid commission (Dark Energy, composed for 88 Squared). Other recent honors include a prestigious Artist Trust Fellowship, grants from New Music USA’s “MetLife Creative Connections” program, and commissions and premieres from the Washington Idaho Symphony (Three Short Pieces for Orchestra and Maracanazo) and Affinity Chamber Players (Chamber Concerto). Ryan Hare has also twice been the featured composer at the Washington Composers Forum’s “Composer Spotlight,” at Jack Straw Productions in Seattle.

Ryan Hare earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of Washington; his other degrees include a Master of Music in Composition from Ithaca College and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Oregon State University. Prior to his arrival at WSU, Dr. Hare held appointments at the University of Washington, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University, and Oregon State University, and taught composition and bassoon at Music Works Northwest. His principal teachers in composition have been Joël-François Durand, Richard Karpen, and Diane Thome at the University of Washington, Greg Woodward at Ithaca College, and Ron Jeffers at Oregon State University. Additional composition studies include Shulamit Ran and Jacob Druckman, both as visiting composers at Ithaca College, and with Brian Ferneyhough and Paul-Heinz Dittrich at the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt, Germany.

As a bassoonist, Dr. Hare performs with the Solstice Wind Quintet, Intermontane Bassoon Trio, and serves as principal bassoonist for the Washington Idaho Symphony. Having accepted his first professional performance opportunity on bassoon at age 18, he has maintained a very active freelance career and is in demand with numerous ensembles, including many of the leading professional orchestras in the Pacific Northwest. In recent years, he has been a regular performing artist at the International Double Reed Society annual conferences, and has performed solo recitals and taught masterclasses all over the U.S. He is a champion of new music, and has performed numerous premieres at a very wide array of festivals and contemporary music concerts. A compact disc recording featuring contemporary music for solo bassoon and bassoon with electronics—including seven pieces that Dr. Hare commissioned—is available on the Present Sounds label. Ryan Hare's significant teachers for bassoon include Arthur Grossman, Lee Goodhew, Mike Curtis, and Seth Krimsky.

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