The American soprano, Alyson Ryder, grew up in a musical family. She began performing at weddings with her father and sister in 8th grade and still performs the occasional gig with them. She graduated from White Mountain Regional High School in Whitefield, New Hampshire in 2006. Throughout high school she was very active in both music and drama. She attended multiple All-State Music Festivals as well as New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild (NHETG) Festivals. She ran on the varsity cross county team for three years, two of which she was captain. She spent her freshman year at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts as a Music Education major (2006-2007). In 2007, she moved to Keene State College, where she was accepted to the music program and began her voice studies with Dr. Carroll Lehman. In her 4 ½ semesters at Keene State, she has had the opportunity to sing with The Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Opera Workshop, Canticum Novum Chamber Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble. She has also studied piano with both R. Scott White and Maura Glennon. She has become proficient on eight instruments and was able to conduct two choral pieces with the Concert Choir as an assistant conductor. She completed her two semesters of practicum teaching at four schools in the area and completed her student teaching in Keene at the elementary and high school levels. She obtained her Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Specialization: Choral; Secondary Instrument: Piano) Keene State College in 2010 and is currently (July 2013) completing there coursework for Master of Education degree (Specialization: Curriculum and Instruction).
Alyson Ryder currently teaches music at Murdock Middle High School in Winchendon, Massachusetts. Her responsibilities have included high school band and chorus, middle school band and chorus, marching band, chamber singers, 6th grade general music, high school music theory, music history and music appreciation and musical direction for the school musicals.She is also an active member of the Chamber Singers of Keene and was a recent soprano soloist for Purcell's
Te Deum and J.S. Bach's Magnificat (BWV 243).