“I have known and admired Brian O’Connell for many years.
He is a master musician, an inspiring conductor and a demanding teacher. He constantly challenges everyone to surpass themselves, encouraging the highest standards while always remaining thoughtful and considerate.”
—Simon Carrington, professor emeritus, Yale University; co-founder of The King's Singers
Who I Am:
My life has been dedicated to making choral music. The journey has been both joyous and at times challenging. My mission is to assist younger conductors to fulfill their aspiration to become better choral musicians and to connect with their ensembles in a meaningful way.
Can I help with your project?
As an active member of the choral community since the 1970s, I have for many years been honored to regularly aid professional choral musicians in their journey to bring the artistry they seek to their work. However, there are more applications to consider than one might commonly think. Do you feel you need help with your conducting technique or your rehearsal strategy? Are you insecure about your concepts of vocal pedagogy? Do you want to start a contemporary a cappella program and don’t know how? Is choosing repertoire for your group an issue? If building a strategy for future growth, whether it be secondary school, college or adult choral society, I can help.
And this, of course, is only my frame of reference. What might yours bring? New applications for one’s skills are seldom discovered without a creative “leap of faith,” of sorts. I’ve never thought this a negative thing. In fact — if history is any indication — integrating novel interdisciplinary techniques into one's own expertise often yields the most remarkable of results.
On-site rehearsal observation & personalized aid/advice
Customized workshops/clinics for vocal projects of any size