Born in Arizona and raised in Europe, Ryan Whittier is an award-winning Music Composer. Ryan has scored feature-length and short films nominated for Emmy Awards and Royal Television Society Awards, as well as films that have won Tribeca X Awards, Webby Awards, and numerous Vimeo Staff Picks.  He provides complete music creation and licensing services for film, TV, web, theater, live events, and museum installations.

Ryan has created music for PBS, New York City Ballet, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ken Burns, Sesame Street, the New York Times, the Atlantic, the United Nations, the National Academy of Sciences, the New-York Historical Society, HP, Chevrolet, Crayola, Oreo, Johnson & Johnson, GE, University of Washington, Columbia Journalism School, University of Kentucky, Milan Universal Exposition (USA Pavilion at the 2015 World Expo), the National Museum of American Jewish History, and many others.

CONTACT:  ryanwhittier@gmail.com

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“Ryan is the type of collaborator that brings enthusiasm and confidence to every project.  We’ve worked together on several projects, from Sesame Street to the New York City Ballet, and his ability to translate our abstract conversations about emotion into a piece of music that can both underscore and elevate a film is a great talent.  His work adds a dimension to our films that I have rarely achieved with other composers.  A really nice guy too!”
– Matt Bockelman, Director/Producer, Fly’s Eye Films (NEW YORK CITY BALLET, SESAME STREET)

“Ryan and I worked together on a short film entitled “August Heat” and he brought so much to the project. Ryan consistently took my half-formed ideas and built / shaped them into something that pushed the story forward and helped create the world for our film. Each step of the way he was very open to collaboration and made the whole process seamless from my end. I would highly recommend Ryan, he was easy to work with throughout and did a fantastic job!”
– Matthew J. Thompson, Director/Partner at NORTH of New York (AUGUST HEAT, THE AMERICAN CITY)

“You are one of our top talents. We just wanted you to know that your music, professionalism and reliability stand out amongst the crowd.”
– Jordan Passman, Owner, scoreAscore (CRAYOLA)

“We were so fortunate to be able to collaborate with Ryan on a special project for the University of Washington as we launched our $5 Billion dollar fundraising campaign. His score opened our event and did a masterful job in capturing our Be Boundless campaign. We would look forward to working with Ryan again anytime.”
– Gerald McRobbie, Senior Director, Brand & Creative (UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON)

“I hired Ryan to score 15 pieces for a large scale museum installation. He was a pleasure to work with for his professionalism and most of all his creativity. He continually created pieces that elevated the quality of our overall work and I plan to collaborate with him again in the near future. I highly recommend his work.”

“Ryan scored my hour-long documentary that premiered in September 2014. The film relied heavily on the music score for texture and Ryan’s cues were instrumental in establishing just the right mood… original, creative and fresh…All under very tight deadlines. A pleasure to work with, I would recommend Ryan without hesitation.”
– Marc Shaffer, Documentary Filmmaker, Inside Out Media

“Ryan consistently delivers high quality work on time and on budget. His talent and drive are only overshadowed by his commitment to doing the best work possible and his deep understanding and enjoyment of the collaborative process. He is HIGHLY recommended.”
– Lonnie Martin, Director/Producer, Ningen Manga Productions

“I asked Ryan to provide original music for the end of a video by the William J. Perry Project on the sobering topic of the danger of nuclear weapons today. He completely understood the seriousness and sensitivities of the topic and delivered the perfect concluding music that added power to the message. He did it right on schedule over a very short period of time. I would recommend Ryan without qualification and will use him again at my earliest opportunity. He is a real talent.”
– Robin L. Perry, Executive Director, William J. Perry Project