Ryan Layton

2016 Summer Welcome Leader-Ryan LaytonName: Ryan Layton

Hometown: Marshall, MO

Year: Sophomore

Academic Major(s): Vocal Music Education



  • What is your favorite Mizzou memory?

One of my favorite Mizzou memories is of my very first choir concert as a member of Concert Chorale. It was the Family Weekend concert and for the grand finale, all four ensembles took the stage to perform the Alma Mater. Singing such an important college song with hundreds of voices made me swell with pride. That moment reflected a sense of unity and togetherness that I am reminded of each time I sing the songs of our university.

  • Who would you say is/are your role model(s)? Why?

The many music teachers I have had are all role models for me. They are very caring, empathic people who strive for unity and inclusivity. The desire to share the beautiful and sublime of music with all is admirable, especially considering the extremely hard work that goes into it. I look up to those who dedicate themselves fully to a cause and my music teachers have displayed that in the highest degree.

  • What quote do you live by?

As cliché as it sounds, I try my best to live by the golden rule: “treat others as you wish to be treated”. I take this very seriously and in my desire to be treated with respect, consideration, and love, in turn I treat all those I encounter with these in mind.

  • How do you make Mizzou your home?

There is a very old, very true saying that goes “home is where the heart is”. That saying guides my philosophy of making Mizzou my home. My heart is in the various clubs and organizations to which I dedicate my time and effort. My heart is in the classrooms and concert halls where I learn about and make music. My heart is in my dear friends I have met through organizations, classes, ensembles, and late-night study sessions in Ellis. I make Mizzou my home by putting my heart into all that I do!

  • What is your favorite spot on campus? Why?

My favorite spot on campus is the lobby of the Fine Arts Building. The School of Music is based there and it is where I have a majority of my classes. The lobby is notoriously warm and is the absolute perfect place to catch up with friends, study, and (best of all) take a nap! I can be found there at nearly every morning around 8:30 drinking coffee and catching up on emails