About the Artistic Director
Artistic Director Dr. Ryan James Brandau brings to Monmouth Civic Chorus broad and deep experience conducting choral and orchestral ensembles. In addition to his work with Monmouth Civic Chorus, he serves as Artistic Director of Princeton Pro Musica and Amor Artis, a chamber choir and orchestra in New York City. He is also on the faculty of Westminster Choir College where he has prepared Westminster Symphonic Choir for performances with Philadelphia Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and New Jersey Symphony.
Previously, Ryan was Director of Choral Activities at Santa Clara University, where he led the choral ensembles and taught music history and conducting in the music department. He was Artistic Director of the Santa Clara Chorale; choirmaster of the highly-acclaimed professional choir of Christ Church, New Haven; and Assistant Director of Choral Activities at Smith College in Northampton, MA. He has worked with a variety of other professional, community, collegiate, children’s, and church ensembles. He has also prepared ensembles for performances with Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Daniel Barenboim, and others.
As a professional singer, Ryan has been heard with ensembles in the US, Europe, and Asia, including American Bach Soloists, Arcadia Players, Yale Schola Cantorum, and Choir of Clare College Cambridge. He founded a women’s chamber choir, Conspiratio, and sang with the choirs of Jesus, King’s, and Clare Colleges while in Cambridge, UK. He remains active as a choral arranger, composer, and clinician. His arrangements and compositions have been featured by choral ensembles all across the globe.
Ryan received Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from Yale School of Music, where he studied conducting with Simon Carrington and Marguerite Brooks. Prior to pursuing graduate study in conducting, Ryan attended University of Cambridge in the UK as a Gates Scholar, earning an M.Phil. in historical musicology. He received his B.A. in music, magna cum laude, from Princeton University.
William R. Shoppell, Jr.
Mark Shapiro (1991-2012)
William R. Shoppell, Jr. (1973-1991)
Felix Molzer (1966-1973)
William Gordon Pagdin (1949-1962)