Ryan Brandau

Faculty / Ryan Brandau

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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RYAN JAMES BRANDAU joins Westminster Choir Col­lege this year to assist with Westminster Symphonic Choir. He is currently artistic director of Princeton Pro Musica. Dr. Brandau returns to the East Coast from California, where he was artistic director of the Santa Clara Chorale, director of choral activities at Santa Clara University and interim artis­tic director of musae. Prior to these appointments, he was assistant director of choral activities at Smith College; choir­master of the highly acclaimed all-professional choir of Christ Church, New Haven, Conn.; and director of the Valley Voices, a chamber chorus in Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley. He has also worked with the United Girls Choir of North Haven and the Episcopal Church at Yale; served as principal assistant con­ductor of the Yale Camerata; and taught counterpoint and har­mony in the music department at Yale College.

As a professional singer, he has performed with ensembles in the United States, Europe and Asia, including the American Bach Soloists, the Arcadia Players, the Yale Schola Cantorum and the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. He remains ac­tive as a choral arranger, composer and clinician, and his ar­rangements and compositions have been featured by choral ensembles throughout the United States and Europe.

Dr. Brandau received a Master of Musical Arts, Master of Mu­sic and Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Yale School of Mu­sic, where he studied conducting with Simon Carrington and Marguerite Brooks. Prior to pursuing graduate study in con­ducting, Dr. Brandau attended the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom as a Gates Scholar, earning an M.Phil. in Historical Musicology. In Cambridge, he founded a women's chamber choir, Conspiratio, and sang with the choirs of Jesus, King's and Clare Colleges. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music, magna cum laude, from Princeton University.