Youth Philharmonic (YP)
Ryan Finn, Conductor
Youth Philharmonia Orchestra is offered to intermediate and advanced students usually between the ages of 10 and 15, and is open to string, woodwind, brass, and percussion players. Richard Snider has directed the ensemble since 2002 and frequently creates his own arrangements for the ensemble. YPO has also premiered works written by SFYSA students and alumni.
About the Conductor
Ryan Finn is a New Mexico native and alumni of the Santa Fe Youth Symphony. He is currently the Band Director at Los Alamos Middle School where he has directed concert bands and jazz bands for the past five years. Ryan performs locally with a number of jazz and blues bands on trombone and leads a jazz group that performs many of his original compositions, most of which are in Caribbean and Latin American styles.
Ryan received a Bachelors of Music Education in 2004 from Loyola University - New Orleans and a Masters of Educational Leadership in 2017 from New Mexico Highlands University. He regularly clinics middle school and high school bands from around the state and his own groups regularly receive Superior ratings at district festivals and the NM State Contest.
Before returning to New Mexico in 2012, Ryan taught band, orchestra, and music theory for seven years at the St. Lucia of Music on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. He also performed with many well known Caribbean musicians such as Luther Francois, Barbara Cadet, Alison Marquis, Ronald 'Boo' Hinkson, and Rob 'Zi' Taylor. While in St. Lucia, Ryan arranged and composed in a variety of local folk styles and has a portfolio of over 30 compositions. Some of these pieces include full symphonic works, musicals, jazz band charts, concert band arrangements, and more.
In his free time, Ryan can be found hiking and skiing around Northern New Mexico with his wife, 3 children, and their dog.