Ryan Diefenerfer, trombone
My name is Ryan Diefenderfer, and I graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in December 2013. I was born in Yokosuka, Japan, but I spent the majority of my childhood in Mundelein, Illinois, a suburb north of Chicago. I began playing the trombone in 5th grade, and in high school participated in everything musical that I possibly could. I played in everything from concert and jazz bands to the marching band, pep band, and musical pit orchestras at my high school. During high school, I also became a member of Midwest Young Artists and the Merit School of Music, two outstanding independent music programs that met on weekends. In these programs, I had the opportunity to play outstanding repertoire and work with some truly phenomenal musicians and teachers, including acclaimed trombone teachers Colleen Riordan and Tim Riordan.
In 2009, I moved to Bloomington, Indiana to begin studying at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as a music education major and trombonist in Peter Ellefson's studio. At the Jacobs School of Music, I have had many tremendous performance opportunities, having performed with ensembles such as the Indiana University Symphony Orchestra, the Brent Wallarab Big Band, the IU Trombone Choir, the IU Symphonic Band, the IU Marching Hundred, and the IU Crabb (Soccer) Band.
During my undergraduate studies, I also pursued my love for composing music. I added a composition portion to my degree, and have had the fortune of studying with Professors Claude Baker, Aaron Travers, and Don Freund. I have had the honor of having my original compositions performed by many fine musicians, including mebmers of the U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, Carl Lenthe and the Indiana University Trombone Choir, faculty members from universities such as Middle Tennesee State University, and a wide variety of collegiate music students. For a list of my original compositions, please click here .
During my junior year, I also took advantage of a wonderful opportunity- studying abroad in Vienna, Austria. The experience had a profound impact on my life and has only added to my inspiration to make- and help others to make- great music.
During my senior year, I had the opportunity to student teach with nationally-renown music educator and composer, Richard Saucedo, at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana. The amount of pedagogical and practical knowledge I obtained during my time at Carmel High School is vast, and I am confident that I can bring any music program that I have the opportunity to work with to new heights.
Outside of my musical pursuits, I have many other interests. I am very passionate about film, and very much enjoy reading. I am an active tennis and racquetball plyer, and I also have a love for basketball, among other sports! I also have a tremendous love for traveling, trying new foods, learning about other cultures, and meeting new people!