Muscatine High School
Jonathan Ryan Head Director of Choral Activities
Jonathan Ryan, a Muscatine native, is in his fifth year as Head Choral Director at Muscatine High School. Mr. Ryan is a 2012 graduate of the Music Education program at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA where he was actively involved in the Concert Choir as well as Bee Sharp (a men's glee choir), STAMVOJA (a jazz and pop acapella group), and the St. Ambrose Theatre Department.
Mr. Ryan currently directs Concert Choir, Acapella Choir, and the MHS Show Choirs, River City Rhythm and Encore.
Prior to teaching at MHS, Mr. Ryan spent one year teaching in West Burlington, Iowa, teaching 6 - 12 music at West Burlington High School and Intermediate School.
Mr. Ryan feels very fortunate to be able to teach in the same choir rooms that encouraged his current love for choral music, and enjoys being back in a city where he is nearly guaranteed to see someone he know anywhere he goes.
Teale Burford Associate Director of Choral Activities
Mrs. Burford is in her sixth year as Associate Director of Choral Activities at Muscatine High School. At MHS, she directs the Freshman Choir, Treble Choir (previously the Women's Chorale), Jazz, Etc., and "Solid Harmony" Men's Ensemble. In addition, she serves as Musical Director for the Drama Department's annual musical, prepares students for auditions for the Iowa All-State Choir, OPUS Honor Choir, and University of Iowa Honor Choir, organizes and prepares Jazz, Etc. and Solid Harmony for Singing Valentines, auditions and organizes the annual Dessert Concert with the help of Boosters and Mr. Ryan, prepares students for Solo/Small Ensemble Contest, and teaches weekly voice lessons to all Freshman Choir and Treble Choir students throughout the school year.
A native of Ankeny, Iowa, Mrs. Burford graduated from Millard West High School in Omaha, NE. She then attended the University of Northern Iowa and studied vocal music, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2008. Mrs. Burford went straight on to graduate study at UNI and earned her Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting in 2011 along with her certification in K-12 Music Education. During this time, she served as an assistant to the UNI choral ensembles, graduate assistant to the UNI Choral program, and Assistant Director and Librarian for the UNI Varsity Men's Glee Club. Her first teaching position was in the 2011 - 2012 school year at Hudson High School in Hudson, Iowa, where she was the director of the Concert Choir, First Edition Show Choir, and musical, and participated in Solo/Ensemble Contest and Large Group Contest with many Division I ratings being awarded to Hudson students.
Mrs. Burford is enjoying teaching, learning, meeting new students and community members and continuing a tradition of choral excellence at Muscatine High School.