HomeMeet Your CASA Ambassador: Steve Ryan [Atlanta and GA / US]

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Steve Ryan
http://www.casa.org/users/jesus

When did you first become involved in a cappella? In what capacity?
I sang bass with a high school a cappella group inspired by the Yale Baker's Dozen.  The Baker's Dozen came to our high school every year on their spring tour, and we witnessed first-hand the mesmerizing power of all-male a cappella on the lady-folks.  It didn't take much prodding on our director's part to convince the men's choir to start doing traditional a cappella arrangements at school functions.  After that, I signed on with an ensemble at Georgia Tech singing contemporary arrangements, and I've been doing it ever since.
 
When did you first become involved with CASA?
I first became a CASA member at ECS 2005.  In 2008 I joined the team of producers at the AACI responsible for SoJam, and moved with them when they merged with CASA, joining the Board to serve as Treasurer starting in 2010.
 
What area do you cover as a CASA ambassador?

The state of Georgia, primarily the Metro-Atlanta area and Athens.
 
What role do you play as a CASA ambassador and/or what role would you like to play?
I try to stay connected with as much of the a cappella community as I possibly can, to facilitate group interactions, the formation of new groups, booking, auditions, etc.  I work towards doing more to actually bring those groups together for performances and socializing.
 
What do you do for work and play?
By day I'm a full-time graduate student at Emory University, studying to get my Ph.D. in Neuroscience.   By night I'm a part-time martial artist, and a part-time live and studio sound engineer specializing in a cappella music.

Anything you'd like the CASA readership to know about your area?

The a cappella community in the Metro Atlanta area is growing quickly.  There are a number of new groups forming, there's a thriving live music scene for them to inhabit, and a cappella acts from around the country are starting to visit Atlanta on their tours.  Anyone moving to Atlanta that wants to stay involved with a local a cappella community shouldn't hesitate to contact me!