Artistic Director Ryan James Brandau brings to the Monmouth Civic Chorus broad and deep experience conducting choral and orchestral ensembles. In addition to leading the Monmouth Civic Chorus, he serves as Artistic Director of Princeton Pro Musica. He is also on the faculty of Westminster Choir College, where he works with the Symphonic Choir. Previously, he was Director of Choral Activities at Santa Clara University, where he led the choral ensembles and taught music history and conducting in the music department; Artistic Director of the Santa Clara Chorale; choirmaster of the highly-acclaimed professional choir of Christ Church, New Haven; and Assistant Director of Choral Activities at Smith College in Northampton, MA. He has worked with a variety of other professional, community, collegiate, children’s and church ensembles. He has prepared ensembles for performances with Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Daniel Barenboim, and others.
As a professional singer, Ryan has been heard with ensembles in the US, Europe, and Asia, including the American Bach Soloists, the Arcadia Players, Yale Schola Cantorum, and the Choir of Clare College Cambridge. He remains active as a choral arranger, composer, and clinician. His arrangements and compositions have been featured by choral ensembles all across the globe.
Ryan received the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the Yale School of Music, where he studied conducting with Simon Carrington and Marguerite Brooks. Prior to pursuing graduate study in conducting, Ryan attended the University of Cambridge in the UK as a Gates Scholar, earning an M.Phil. in historical musicology. In Cambridge, he founded a women's chamber choir, Conspiratio, and sang with the choirs of Jesus, King's, and Clare Colleges. He received his B.A. in music, magna cum laude, from Princeton University.