Dr. Ryane Dunnagan is a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She received both her Undergraduate and Masters degrees from the North Carolina School of the Arts in cello performance. Under the instruction of Robert Marsh and Marcy Rosen, founder of the Mendelssohn String Quartet, Ryane has participated in various masterclasses with such artists as Joel Krosnick and the Julliard String Quartet.
After completing her Masters degree in 2003, Ryane taught public school at the middle and high school level. In addition to teaching, she also performed with various orchestras in North Carolina and Virginia, such as the Salisbury, Roanoke and Asheville Symphony Orchestras. During that time, she was under the instruction of Alan Black, principal cellist of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.
In 2006, Ryane began her Doctorate degree in cello performance at the University of Georgia under the instruction of Dr. David Starkweather. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant, she was the Master Teacher of the UGA String Project, a national organization dedicated to promoting music and fostering music education in the public school system. While in Georgia, Ryane performed with various orchestras and most notably performed with the legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck for a documentary produced by Clint Eastwood.
Ryane completed her doctorate in 2011 and returned to North Carolina in 2012. She resumed her post in the public schools until 2016. Ryane is in demand as a clinician and frequently guest conducts in schools, county events, and youth orchestras. Ryane maintains a large private studio and is also an active member of the American String Teachers Association. She is currently a lead teacher for the Winston-Salem Symphonys P.L.A.Y. program, an elementary strings program in the public schools.
D.M.A.University of Georgia
M.M.UNC School of the Arts
B.M.UNC School of the Arts