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Ryan Brandau, music


What do you do at Smith?

I conduct the Smith College Chorus and the Chamber Choir. I also teach classes in the music department and give voice lessons.

How many years have you been at the college?

This is my first.

What is your busy season?



Who gets the most face time with you?

Those students who sing in the two ensembles I direct and also study voice with me.

What are you reading now?

The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross.

What is your favorite movie?


If you suddenly had two hours of free time, what would you do?

Sit at the piano and play around or work on last week's Sunday Times crossword.

What is your favorite wall hanging at home?

A poster of Picasso's Three Musicians.

What annoys the heck out of you?


Do you eat fast food?

Yes, especially if you count Dunkin Donuts.

What's your favorite thing about where you grew up?

Having four completely distinct seasons.

What single piece of advice would you give to graduating seniors?

Your life will be long and varied, but it goes by quickly. Never worry so much about the future that you sacrifice your ability to savor the joys of the present.

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