a. barron breland
A. Barron Breland has emerged as a conductor set apart from others by his eclectic skills, equipped to perform music from masterworks of the Baroque and Classic eras to great contemporary works of art, including repertoire in various popular styles. Recent choral performances conducted include the Duruflé, Brahms and Mozart Requiem, Haydn'sLord Nelson Mass, Bach's Cantata 140, Handel's Alexander's Feast, Honegger's King David, Brahms's Neue Liebeslieder Walzer and Vivaldi's Magnificat. He also conducted the Einhorn's Voices of Light with the Bach Chorale Singers of Lafayette, Indiana; and prepared opera choruses for the Indiana University Opera Theaters's productions of Bizet's Carmen, Rossini's Il Turco in Italia and Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado and HMS Pinafore. Critics have praised the warmth and communicative power of his performances and choruses.
Breland completed his doctorate in choral conducting at the Jacobs School of Music, where he had been a member of the choral conducting faculty, preparing the University Singers for a performance with Dale Warland in 2008, and the previous fall giving over 12 performances as guest conductor of the 120-member Grammy-nominated Singing Hoosiers. Breland is chair of the fine and performing arts as well as on faculty at Creighton University. The Chamber Choir he conducts has performed at NMEA and North Central ACDA conferences and appears regularly with the Omaha Symphony.
Breland has degrees in music theory and choral conducting from the University of Georgia and Indiana University. He is presently as the artistic director of the River City Mixed Chorus and is associate conductor of Apollo's Voice, a professional choral ensemble which regularly appears with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. His conducting teachers include Jan Harrington, John Poole, William Jon Gray, Carmen Tellez and Allen Crowell.
As a performer, Breland has been a member of the Indiana University Singers and the University of Georgia Concert Choir and Men's Glee Club. On occasion, Breland has also been seen on the opera stage, performing in various choruses from Rossini's La Cenerentola to Bock and Harnicks's She Loves Me.
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