(They/Them; Mx. prefix)

Aaryn S. Ricucci-Hill (b. 1992) hails from Troy, MO, currently based out of Kansas City, MO. With a focus on the queer experience, Ricucci-Hill writes with intentionality and care to craft bespoke musical environments engaging with the complexities and sometimes banalities of life through a variety of disparate, but engaging means.

Ricucci-Hill has a passion for fruitful collaborations. Their journey has led them to work with a wide variety of ensembles, organizations, and musicians. Notable partnerships include Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Don-Paul Kahl (saxophone), Longy's Divergent Studio, the I Exist Project, The Troubled Euphs, Playground Ensemble, the Plaza Winds, and Musica Nova. Ricucci-Hill’s music has been featured at various conferences and festivals including Zodiac Music Festival (2016), Oregon Bach Festival (2018), CMS Northeastern Conference (2023), and the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) conference (2023). Additionally, their work has been recognized with honors from the Abundant Silence Composition Competition (2017, Forest Rituals) and in the ASCAP Morton Gould competition (2021, Colors of Pride (honorable mention)).

Beyond composition, they currently have the honor of serving as Vice President of the Festival for Creative Pianists and their publishing arm, Abundant Silence (2022-present). In addition, they have worked closely with No Divide KC on crafting their call-for-scores for the annual Come As You Are event since 2021. Formerly, they sat on the Board of Directors for the Gateway Festival Orchestra of St. Louis for three seasons and is also an alum of Phi Mu Alpha-Pi Zeta chapter.

They graduated from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at UMKC with their B.M and M.M in Composition (2018, 22’).