Ryan Contreras

Education Programs Manager

Ryan Contreras, Education Programs Manager

Ryan C. Contreras has been working at the Santa Rosa Symphony since 2022. In his role as Education Programs Manager, he oversees the El Sistema inspired Simply Strings music program, as well as managing the annual Summer Music Academy.

Ryan has worked throughout the Bay area and Southern California as a teaching artist, freelance musician, marching instructor, and private teacher. Ryan studied at Sonoma State University, where he pursued a degree in Music with a focus on French Horn performance. At SSU, Ryan immersed himself in many musical endeavors, including orchestra, wind symphony, brass ensembles, and opera. Moreover, his stint at the Green Music Center during an internship fueled his passion for arts administration.

A native Californian, Ryan finds solace in the idyllic weather of Sonoma County, relishing every opportunity to bask in the warmth of the sun. His commitment to music education and community outreach continues to make a profound impact, enriching the region’s cultural landscape.