RYAN TOHER 23, born in Arlington Heights, Illinois, is a graduate student at the USC Thornton School of Music where he studies with Yehuda Gilad.  Prior to attending USC, Mr. Toher received his bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studied with Richard Hawkins.  While at Oberlin, Mr. Toher was a finalist in their concerto competition and inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.  Ryan Toher has attended programs including the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Sarasota Music Festival, Banff Centre Masterclass Series, National Orchestral Institute, and National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute.  Mr. Toher has participated in recording projects with the Naxos Music Library and performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician; heard on stations including Sirius XM Radio, WFMT Introductions 98.7 Chicago Radio, and WQRX-FM.