Ryan Kelly has been teaching since 1985 and has been a band director at Oaks Christian School since 2005. Before joining the Oaks Christian faculty, he taught at Viewpoint School in Calabasas for nine years, where he taught vocal and instrumental music and was the music director for two musicals each year. He also taught band at Castle Park High School, Castle Park Middle School in Chula Vista, and Los Alamitos High School in Orange County.
Mr. Kelly graduated from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB, where he studied instrumental conducting with Larry G. Curtis and choral conducting with Frank M. Pooler. Mr. Kelly studied trumpet with Joan La Rue, Boyde Hood, and Anthony Plog. Mr. Kelly studied voice with Roger Love. After completing his Bachelor of Music Education and Clear Teaching Credential at California State University Long Beach, he spent the remainder of the 1980’s as a tour director for the Continental Singers, working his way up to the premier ensemble, The Continental Orchestra, and Singers (a 40 piece full orchestra with eight select vocalists performing at some of the largest churches and professional venues in the United States and internationally in 28 countries). With The Continentals, Mr. Kelly spent seven summers traveling coast-to-coast from Los Angeles to New York by bus, then overseas for 2-3 weeks in music ministry and discipleship with high school and college-age young people, serving as music director, counselor, youth pastor, and travel guide.
Professionally, Mr. Kelly has worked as a studio musician playing trumpet, singing, and producing album projects in Los Angeles, Nashville, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Additionally, he has had the opportunity to work with Richard Carpenter of “T“e Carpenters” ”or A Tribute to Karen Carpenter, serving as conductor of the CSULB University Choir on behalf of Mr. Frank Pooler. More recently, he conducted a children’s choir on several songs for Chicago XXV, later released as What’st Gonna Be Santa? Currently, he conducts, runs clinics, and plays trumpet throughout the Los Angeles area. Mr. Kelly has been a guest lecturer at California State University Fullerton on pit orchestra techniques and musical theater pedagogy. Mr. Kelly is a past member of the American Choral Directors Association, Southern California Vocal Association and is currently a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a professional music fraternity, California Band Directors Association, and the Southern California School Band and Orchestra (SCSBOA).
Mr. Kelly has performed at several world-class venues, including Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, and the De Doelan in Rotterdam, Holland.
Mr. Kelly and his wife, Tricia (Barry) Kelly, live in Newbury Park. The Kelly family includes daughter Morgan, sons Aidan, Jackson & Brendan (Ventura County’s first quadruplet birth), son Liam, and daughter Ashlyn. All of the Kelly children have attended Oaks Christian School and contributed positively to the warm culture at OCS. Mr. Kelly enjoys spending time with his family, practice time at the gun range, biking, swimming, walking, listening, performing and creating music, doing home improvement projects, and watching movies.
Music is his passion, and he loves to inspire students to learn the craft and the art of making music. As he helps students develop the skills to play their instrument, he instills in them the beauty of the art form and how God created it for our enjoyment and His pleasure.