Barbara Ryan

Barbara R.

Fairfax Station, VA

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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Barbara delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 14+

Teaching since:
July 1986

Singing is my life! I trained classically from 4/1972 - 4/83, then continued concentrated self study for 5 years. I sang for Voice of America and National Geographic Explorer specials before becoming voice coach for the MD Renaissance Festival. I have sung professionally since '83 and have taught voice since '86. Traditional methods are not enough to keep you singing healthily and successfully into your old age! At 68, I still tour and can sing infinitely without amplification. I want that for every student!


Lead siger, IONA; , Voice teacher.
Jul 1986 - Present
Private Company

We are a small traditional celtic production company and management for IONA. We have been producing the Concerts of Trad Celtic Music at the Old Brogue since 1990, Swift Run Celtic House Concerts since 2004, and founded the Oatlands/Potomac Celtic Festival in 1994.

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BA in Languages
Sep 1970 - May 1971
George Washington University


Professional Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Singing Hai O Eadraibh O, Scottish mouth music, with Iona
Performing at the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Club, NJ

Singing at Cellar Stage, Baltimore, MD

Promo shot for "Silver", IONA's 25th anniversary CD.

Singing in Welsh with Iona
Photo by Barbara R.


4 Reviews

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Hilary Jun 20, 2018
Singing · In studio

Barbara is so knowledgeable about her craft. I felt her enthusiasm right away and I am very excited about embarking on my series of voice lessons.

Marcus Mar 20, 2018
Singing · In studio

The best teacher around! Barbara's training is unlike any other. You'll hone your pitch, increase your projection, and mostly importantly, learn to use your vocal instrument safely. Since I began lessons with Barbara one year ago, my voice power, quality and knowledge have all increased dramatically.

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Jessica Feb 18, 2018
Singing · In studio

I began working with Barbara in 2013 for singing lessons and I have never looked back! I had never taken lessons before, so I had no idea what to expect. Barbara was and is wonderfully open, friendly and patient. She teaches you how to use your voice in a way that will not strain or hurt your voice, but train this "muscle" to work for you and all your vocal desires. I have been able to reach notes and achieve goals for myself vocally that I never expected. Bottom line: I would highly recommend Barbara for anyone wanting to grow their voice - for choir, for profession, or just for fun. Look no further!

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Stephen Feb 16, 2018
Singing · In home

I consider myself fortunate to receive singing instruction from Barbara Ryan. Our work together, uninterrupted for the past several years, continues on, and I hope with no end. Barbara continually brings new insight, techniques, and knowledge to this long-term student. She does all this with delight and patience. I am so grateful for Barbara Ryan.

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