Voces Solis, a premier chamber choir, performs a diverse repertoire of challenging and innovative choral works. Composed of professional musicians, music educators, and experienced choristers, we are committed to providing an educational experience for our members and our audiences alike. In addition to public performances, private events, recordings, and symposiums, Voces Solis also collaborates with other arts organizations to bring the highest quality choral chamber music to the Pittsburgh area.
Dr. Ryan Keeling
Dr. Ryan Keeling is active as a teacher, singer, and conductor in the Pittsburgh area. Ryan is the Director of Choral Activities at Westminster College where he conducts the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Men's and Women’s Choruses and teaches classes in Diction and Choral Conducting. Holding positions in the artistic leadership of three of Pittsburgh’s premiere choral ensembles, he serves as the Artistic Director of Voces Solis, Conductor of the professional women's choir Virago, and the Assistant Conductor of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s “chorus of choice.” Under Ryan’s leadership, Voces Solis has been selected by blind jury to perform at regional and state ACDA conferences. Recent performances include the east coast premiere of ODC|Dance’s production of Path of Miracles by Joby Talbot, choreographed by KT Nelson with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh Professional Core, Andrea Bocelli International Tour with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd with Hilltop Opera, and Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass with Voces Solis. Ryan also serves as Artist in Residence at Christ United Methodist Church in Bethel Park.
Ryan was previously Director of Choral Activities at West Liberty University, the Assistant Director of Music and Worship Life and Director of Choirs at Christ United Methodist Church in Bethel Park where he conducted six choirs, Director of Choral Music at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, a Professional Core tenor in The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, and the Director of the Pappert Men’s Chorale at Duquesne University. As Music Director and Principal Conductor of OvreArts, Dr. Keeling conducted the OvreArts Sinfonia and was the founding conductor of the OvreArts Chamber Singers.
Ryan has been heard as tenor soloist in performances with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale, and at the National Pastoral Musicians National Conference. In 2012 he made his New York City debut performing Bach’s cantata BWV 4 Christ Lag in Todesbanden and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
Before moving to Pittsburgh Ryan taught at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland. At St. Andrew’s he served as Middle and Upper School Choral Music Director, Chapel Music Director, and as an assistant Middle and Upper School baseball coach.
Ryan holds the D.M.A. degree in Conducting from West Virginia University where he studied with Dr. Kym Scott and Dr. Jeffery Redding, the M.M. degree in Choral Conducting from East Carolina University, where he studied with Dr. Daniel Bara, and the B.A. degree in Music Education from West Liberty State College, where he studied conducting with Dr. Alfred de Jaager and voice with Dr. Linda Cowan. He has worked with such preeminent conductors as Dale Warland, Simon Carrington, Manfred Honeck, and Osmo Vänskä.
Becki Toth is a professional singer, actor, director, and teacher living in the Pittsburgh area. A familiar face to Pittsburgh’s theater audiences, Becki has performed with City Theater, Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Front Porch Theatricals, Stage 62, MTAP, and many other local and regional companies. Becki was twice named Pittsburgh’s Favorite Actress by Pittsburgh’s City Paper. She served as the Voice Department Assistant at the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, and was the Director of Educational Outreach at Saltworks Theater Company where she wrote and directed shows for their social issues tour and managed their Young Actor’s Studio. She is the co-lyricist of the new musical Abduction!, which won an honorable mention at the 2019 New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF). Becki has performed with such varied acts as Ben Folds, The Chieftains, The Skivvies, and odc/dance. Becki teaches Song Coaching and Voice at CMU’s Musical Theater Pre-College Program in addition to her position as Lecturer in Musical Theatre at the University of Pittsburgh.