J. Ryan Garber's music has been performed in a variety of venues in the United States and Europe (see below). He has received awards, recognition, and special performances from five national organizations and was named "Composer of the Year" by the Tennessee Music Teachers Association in 2002. His music has been released on the Bella Musica, Vox Novus, ErmMedia, and Capstone labels.

Garber earned the BM and MM in music composition at James Madison University and the DM in music composition at The Florida State University. His principal teachers were John Hilliard and Ladislav Kubik. Additionally, Garber has benefited from individual insights on composing from, among others, Donald Erb, Libby Larsen, Nancy Van de Vate, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.

Currently organist/choirmaster and composer-in-residence at All Saints' Episcopal Church (Morristown, TN), Garber also teaches music courses at Walters State Community College. Previously he taught (music composition/theory, organ, bassoon) at Carson-Newman University for eight years where he was an associate professor and winner of the excellence in teaching/leadership and creativity awards. He has performed in a wide variety of concert and recital settings as an organist, pianist, and bassoonist, including a tour of Europe as part of the Duo Parabolique et D’ivoire.

Notable performances of Garber’s music include:

Another Twist
  • Czech Philharmonic (studio recording on the Masterworks of a New Era CD series)
  • Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra
  • The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Orchestra
  • Salem Choral Society Orchestra
Duet for Bassoon and Marimba
Kettle Music
  • The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • The University of Illinois, Urbana
  • Lewis University, Romeo, IL
  • Sing- und Musikschule, Memmingen, Germany
  • Akademie für Tonkunst, Darmstadt, Germany
  • Syracuse Society for New Music
  • Florida State University (Alumni Saxofest)
  • Converse College
  • Hamilton College
  • Vanderbilt University
  • James Madison University
  • The University of Southern Mississippi
  • The University of Central Oklahoma
Songs for My God”
  • Butler University
  • The University of Georgia
Symphony for Winds and Percussion
  • The Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music
  • The Knoxville Wind Symphony
  • The Florida State University
  • The University of Georgia
  • Arkansas State University
Three Psalms
  • Duke University