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.