Composer, music educator, and multi-instrumentalist Josh Ring is currently a graduate student at the University of Iowa. Studying organ with Gregory Hand, Josh is a recipient of a Rahn and Frawley Organ Fellowship from the UI School of Music. He is the winner of the 2019 Organ Scholar Competition at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Evanston, IL and won first place in the 2018 Fox Valley Young Organists Scholarship Competition, a national competition through the American Guild of Organists. He has performed in the Netherlands, Brazil, and across the US, has been featured on the radio program Pipedreams, and has performed in masterclasses with such international artists as Olivier Latry, Nathan Laube, Craig Cramer, Stefan Engels, and Wilma Jensen. Serving as the organist at the Coralville United Methodist Church, he is also an active performer, accompanist, and educator in the Iowa City area.
As a recitalist, Josh Ring is an avid supporter of the Appalachian Service Project. Through his music and performances, he raises moneys to support the ASP mission: to make homes warmer, safer, and drier in the Appalachian area for low-income families. More information about ASP can be found at: ASPHome.org.
A recent project includes the 2018 American Guild of Organists Student Commissioning Project. Each year four organist/composer pairs are selected by the AGO to collaborate on a new composition. Last year Josh Ring premiered Boricua written by Joshua Malavé and performed it numerous times across the Midwest. Select here for a YouTube recording.
Josh’s own compositions and arrangements combine classical idioms with popular genres. His eclectic compositional style is due to his years of experience performing with orchestras, wind symphonies, jazz bands, jazz combos, rock bands, musical theater pits, show choir combos, and various choirs. He has performed extensively on organ, piano, synthesizer & keyboard, guitar, electric bass, tuba, and bass trombone.
While an adjunct professor at Olivet Nazarene University, Josh instructed music theory classes, directed the men’s choir, and served as iPad Technician for the School of Music. As iPad Technician, Josh was tasked with aiding in the complete transition to iPads in the School of Music, the first school at Olivet to do so. Every student and professor utilized an iPad for all ensembles, all private lessons, and all classes. Josh held training classes, hosted information sessions, and addressed technical issues that independently arose for all faculty and students.
While at Olivet he was the recipient of the 2012 Walter B. Larsen Award & Naomi Larsen Scholarship, which is awarded to the most outstanding music student from ONU School of Music. The accolade requires excellent musicianship, exceptional character and attitude, and high commitment to ONU. He is also a finalist in the 2018 Organ Scholar Competition at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Evanston, IL, a 2016 recipient of the E. Power Biggs Fellowship Award from the Organ Historical Society and a 2016, 2017, & 2018 recipient of Kay Hotchkiss Scholarship from the Rockford chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Josh earned his Master’s of Music in Composition with David Maki and his Performer’s Certificate in Organ with James Russell Brown, both from Northern Illinois University with a 4.0 GPA. He also received his Bachelor’s of Music, summa cum laude, from Olivet Nazarene University in Music Composition and Piano Performance.
His past organ teachers include Melanie Sigafoose, James Russell Brown, and Timothy Nelson, and his piano teachers include JeongSoo Kim, Karen Ball, Gerald Anderson, Ovid Young, and Brenda Conroy. He has also studied composition with David Maki, Ted Hatmaker, Robert Fleisher, and Karen Ball.
Josh enjoys spending time with friends and family, exploring the outdoors, and backpacking in the mountains. More information, compositions, and recordings can be found at www.JoshRing.com.