The Australian soprano, Josie Ryan, graduated from Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She completed her Masters degree specializing in Early Vocal Music and Historical Performance Practice at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, with the aid of a grant from the Dutch Government. She studied with Rita Dams, Jill Feldman, Barbara Pearson and Diane Forlano, as well as participating in master-classes and private lessons with Emma Kirkby, Evelyn Tubb and Barbara Schlick.
During her thirteen years in the Netherlands Josie Ryan performed as an ensemble singer with various leading groups across Europe, including The Tallis Scholars (Director: Peter Phillips), Amsterdam Baroque Choir and Collegium Vocale Gent. Her operatic roles include Iphise in Rameau’s Les fetes d’Hebe, Ninfa in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and Anima beata in Cavalieri’s Rappresentatione di Anima e di Corpo. She is frequently engaged as a soloist with ensembles including the St Mary’s Singers, the Choir of Christ Church St Laurence, Australian Baroque Brass, The Sydneian Bach Choir, Coro Innominata, SUMS, Sydney University Graduate Choir, The Oriana Chorale, Salut! and The Marais Project. She is a regular performer with Pinchgut Opera, The Australian Brandenburg Choir and Cantillation. Josie is a regular guest with the Choir of St James’ King Street and a member of the St Mary’s Cathedral Special Services Choir and Hallelujah Junction. In 2014 Josie particularly enjoyed her participation in the 8-voice performance of J.S. Bach’s St John Passion (BWV 245) in the Crypt of St Mary’s Cathedral conducted by Thomas Wilson.
Josie Ryan has recorded numerous CD’s and DVDs including the role of Liebe in Schmelzer’s sepolcro Stärke der Lieb, Monteverdi’s 5th and 6th books of Madrigals, and Antonio Vivaldi’s Magnificat in duet with Emma Kirkby. She was featured as a soloist on the ABC Classics CD “Mysteries of Gregorian Chant” with The Singers of St. Laurence, which topped the ARIA Classical Charts for several months in 2014.