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    Brian M. O'Connell

    Founder and Director of the Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshop in Tuscany, where for the past fifteen 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. Together with Simon Carrington and Bronislawa Falinska, we have created a unique program for the serious choral director.

    Since 2001, I have taught at the University of Massachusetts/Lowell, where I teach Conducting and Voice Pedagogy. In 2017 I retired as the director of the University Choir and the Chamber Singers. Other classes that I have taught at Lowell include Private Voice, Applied Voice Class, Diction, Choral Conducting/Methods, Choral Lab, and Graduate Advisement.

    From 2004 to 2017, I was on the Music Education faculty of The Boston Conservatory, teaching 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 over 200.

    At Lexington High School, where I taught for seventeen years, I became known as a strong proponent for student-led a cappella groups, having one of the largest programs in the United States.

    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 and Canta Mundi, the Greater Boston Youth Touring Choir. 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 professional choral composition as well as, choral performance and conducting for the national competition, The American Prize.