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Gregory W. Brown, Assistant Director of Choral Activities and Lecturer

M.M., Westminster Choir College; D.M.A., University of Georgia

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Dr. Gregory Brown is Assistant Director of Choral Activities and Lecturer at Smith College in Northampton, MA, where he conducts the Smith College Chorus and teaches conducting, choral literature, and sight-singing. Brown recently completed a year as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at The College of Wooster, where he conducted the Wooster Chorus and taught composition and music technology. Brown received his DMA in 2006 from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia, where he studied with Allen Crowell. He received his MM in 2001 from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, where he studied with Joseph Flummerfelt, Andrew Megill, and James Jordan.

Before coming to the College of Wooster, Dr. Brown taught and conducted at Amherst College, the University of Georgia, and The Putney School. In January of 2004, Dr. Brown was one of 6 conductors chosen from an international pool to take part in the 24th National Conductor's Symposium with Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir. Brown's experiences as a choral singer include concerts with the New York Philharmonic (including world premieres of works by Thomas Adés, Stephen Paulus, and Kaija Saariaho), the Philadelphia Orchestra (Beethoven's Missa Solemnis), and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (Grammy-award winning recording of Dvořak's Requiem).

Dr. Brown is an active scholar, serving as Associate Editor of The Choral Scholar, the online journal of the National Collegiate Choral Organization. In 2006, he was invited to present a paper at an international symposium in Coimbra, Portugal, on the music of composer Fernando Lopes-Graça. Brown was chosen to present his analysis of Brahms's Gesang der Parzen at a poster session at the 2007 ACDA National Convention in Miami, FL.

Brown is an avid composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music with performances throughout the United States and Europe. His studies were taken with 2000 Pulitzer Prize winner Lewis Spratlan, Stefan Young, Adrian Childs, and Leonard V. ("Chic") Ball. His recent commissions for vocal ensemble New York Polyphony have been heard on American Public Media's Performance Today, Kansas Public Radio, and Danish National Radio; and his latest major work, the Missa Charles Darwin, was featured at a recent TEDx event in Woods Hole, MA.

Recent commissions include works for New York Polyphony, Athens Guitar Trio, Longmeadow High School Accidentals, Manhattan Choral Ensemble, and the Machine Project's Little William Theater Festival of New Music. Upcoming commissions include the concluding piece for the 2012 Five-College Choral Festival in Northampton, MA, and a new work for the Da Camera Singers.

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