Ryan Smith (b.1993) is a composer and arranger who greatly appreciates the diversity of music. Ryan is currently studying Music Theory and Composition at Elmhurst College and intends to further his study through graduate studies. His compositions range from the jazz idiom to the neoclassical and post-war styles. He is a regular performer for the Elmhurst College Jazz Band and the Elmhurst College Wind Ensemble. Ryan has toured to various countries to perform jazz and to share the knowledge of music.
Ryan has had music premiered by various musical groups including Latitude 49, the Elmhurst College Wind Ensemble, and the Mark Colby Combo. He is currently collaborating with a chamber orchestra out of Elmhurst College to perform a piece in April of 2016. His future goals are to complete his graduate studies and to gain a position teaching music theory at the collegiate level.