Brian M. O'Connell
Founder and Director of the Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshop in Tuscany, where for the past fourteen years conductors from all over the world have gathered to explore chamber choral music and techniques for developing cohesive ensembles. This workshop was founded because I felt that the primary skill that most conductors need is not conducting technique, per se, but rehearsal technique. Furthermore, Full Conductors and Conducting Auditors may receive up to two graduate credits for participation through The Boston Conservatory.
Since 2001 I have taught at the University of Massachusetts/Lowell, where presently I direct the University Choir and Chamber Singers, as well as, Conducting I&II and Applied Voice Class. Other classes that I have taught at Lowell include Vocal Pedagogy I&II, Choral Conducting/Methods, Choral Lab, and Graduate Advisment.
I have been on the Music Education faculty of The Boston Conservatory, since 2004, where I teach Graduate Choral Methods.
For fifteen years I was director of the Concert Choir at Berklee College of Music. For nine of those years I also served as Chair of the Voice Department, where I developed a unique curriculum geared to the contemporary singer that increased the number of vocal department majors from approximately 30 to 200.
At Lexington High School, where I taught for seventeen years, my choirs were known for excellence throughout New England.
I have been on the faculty of numerous colleges in the New England area such as Tufts University, where for several years I served as the Director of Choral Activities. In 1995, I was appointed by Richard Colwell to develop the curriculum for and teach Graduate Choral Methods at New England Conservatory. At Boston University I taught Conducting I and II, Choral Methods and Choral Conducting. In addition, I was guest conductor at Northeastern University, directing the University Choral Society and Chamber Singers.
I received my MM in Choral Conducting at Boston Conservatory, as well as, Certification in Voice Therapy with David Blair McClosky. I have completed my course work at Boston University, where I was a candidate for an Ed.D in Curriculum and Teaching with Music Education emphasis.
Performance studies with Lukas Foss. Voice studies with David Blair McClosky and Robert Gartside. Extensive conducting experience with adult choirs, as well as the Handel & Haydn Society Youth Chorus. Past President Massachusetts ACDA. Very active clinician and adjudicator. In 2005, I was the first recipient of the Massachusetts ACDA Choral Excellence Award, and in 2009, I was inducted into MICCA's Paul Smith Hall of Fame.
In 2010, I joined the panel of judges for choral performance, voice & conducting for the national competition, The American Prize.