Music Senior Instructor I - Jazz, Percussion

Office: 541-737-5599

Community Hall

Community Hall 305

1650 SW Pioneer Place

1650 SW Pioneer Place
Corvallis, OR 97331
Bachelors of Music Performance in Jazz Studies-The University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point-2006
Masters of Music Performance in Jazz Studies from-The University of Oregon-2009
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Office Hours: 
Tuesday/Thursday 9-10am

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Ryan Biesack is a drummer, percussionist and educator who maintains an active teaching and performing schedule in the jazz, rock and improvised music worlds. He holds both a Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon. Biesack has been an instructor of music and drum set at Oregon State University since 2009, where he teaches drum set, The History of Rock & Roll, Reggae History, and directs the OSU Jazz Ensemble.

Biesack has played professionally for over a decade, and has performed with Ron Miles, Hashem Assadullahi, Wayne Horvitz, Douglas Detrick, Ganesh Anandan, Konorak Reddy, Dylan Fowler, Halie Loren, Mile Denny and many others. In addition to being in demand locally as a performer and clinician, he has played and taught throughout the midwest, the west coast, New York City, India, South Korea and most recently in Nepal at the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory. Biesack works with ensembles ranging in scope from straight-ahead and swinging to cutting edge, modern, improvised and new music.

Some of Biesack's most recent playing can be heard with NYC based saxophonist Hashem Assadullahi’s Sextet, whose latest Origin Records release, “Pieces," features dynamic original jazz compositions performed by a stellar line-up of musicians, featuring the unparalleled Ron Miles on trumpet. Ryan is also a Crescent Cymbals Artist as of 2013.

Affiliated with: 
School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts
Courses Taught: 

MUS 102 The History of Rock and Roll

MUS 102 The History of Reggae

MUP 195/295/395/495 Applied Drum Set

HC 299 Experience Music Project Coloquia

MUP 158/358 Jazz Ensemble