Ryan James Brandau brings to the podium broad experience conducting a variety of choral and orchestral ensembles. He is the Artistic Director of Amor Artis, a 40-voice chamber choir and orchestra in New York City that specializes in Renaissance, Baroque, and Contemporary music. He is also the Artistic Director of Princeton Pro Musica, a 100-voice symphonic chorus in Princeton, NJ, and the Monmouth Civic Chorus, a 100-voice symphonic chorus in Red Bank, NJ. In addition, Dr. Brandau serves on the faculty of Westminster Choir College, where he has prepared the Westminster Symphonic Choir for performances with the Berlin Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Formerly, he was Director of Choral Activities at Santa Clara University, Artistic Director of the Santa Clara Chorale, and Choirmaster of the acclaimed all-professional choir of Christ Church, New Haven. He has worked with a variety of other professional, community, collegiate, children’s and church ensembles. As a professional singer, Ryan has been heard with ensembles in the US, Europe, and Asia, including the American Bach Soloists, the Choir of King’s College Cambridge, the Arcadia Players, Yale Schola Cantorum, and the Choir of Clare College Cambridge. He remains active as a choral arranger, composer, and clinician. His arrangements and compositions have been featured by choral ensembles around the globe.
Ryan received the Master of Music degrees, and the Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Yale School of Music, where he studied conducting with Simon Carrington and Marguerite Brooks and was awarded the Dean Horatio Parker Prize. Prior to pursuing graduate study in conducting, Ryan attended the University of Cambridge in the UK as a Gates Scholar, earning an MPhil 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 B.A. in music, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Princeton University.