has worked with orchestras and choirs in the United States and abroad. Ensembles he has conducted include the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, Royal Oak Symphony, Detroit Medical Orchestra, Great Lakes Music Festival, Orion Chamber Music Society, University of Michigan Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras, University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Cantata Singers, Spectrum Orchestra, and the Orpheus Singers. He currently serves as music director of the Spectrum Orchestra. An advocate for new music, Mr. Brier regularly collaborates with living composers and displays a commitment to promoting and performing their music. Recent premieres include Boggs'
Essay for Chamber Orchestra
. Highlights of his 2013-2014 season include the University of Michigan's annual Halloween and Composer's Concerts, Mozart's complete
Le nozze di Figaro
and more. Previous conducting positions include assistant and cover conductor for the Lexington Philharmonic, assistant conductor of the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theater, and conductor of the Orpheus Singers. In 2010, Mr. Brier was selected as a Prizewinner for this “exceptional conducting” during the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic’s international conducting masterclass and competition. He studied with John Nelson during his engagement with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris and Münchener Bach-Chor. Additionally he has conducted in masterclasses with Hugh Wolff, Jorma Panula, Alexander Polishchuk, Victor Yampolsky, and Ragnar Bohlin. In April of 2014, Mr. Brier will complete his graduate studies as a fellow at the University of Michigan’s renowned conducting program where he is studying orchestral conducting with internationally renowned conducting pedagogue, Kenneth Kiesler. Mr. Brier is also a recipient of the Julian and Vera McIntosh scholarship for promising young musicians and conductors. Previously, Mr. Brier earned a M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Michigan under the mentorship of Dr. Jerry Blackstone. During his choral degree, Mr. Brier was a graduate student instructor and recipient of the Dr. Charlene Archibeque and Dorothy Greenwald scholarships. Mr. Brier enjoys spending quality time with his wife and daughter, playing tennis, reading exceptional books, and enjoying a well prepared cup of coffee or espresso.
As a violinist, Mr. Brier has performed as a recitalist, orchestral musician, and soloist. As member of the Verdi String Quartet, he won first prize in the 2012 McCauley Chamber Music Competition. His principal violin teachers include Stephen Shipps, Daniel Mason, Lewis Rosove, Elizabeth Pabón, and Elizabeth Zempel. As a violinist, he has appeared in masterclasses with the principal players of the famed Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, David Cerone (Cleveland Institute of Music), Linda Cerone (Cleveland Institute of Music), Mimi Zweig (Indiana University Bloomington), Timothy Lees (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra), Mendelssohn String Quartet, Penderecki String Quartet, and the Fine Arts Quartet.
A passionate music educator for the past eleven years, Mr. Brier has held teaching positions at the University of Kentucky, University of Michigan, Trinity Christian School, Trinity Music Academy, and Maranatha String Preparatory School. During his tenure at Trinity Christian School, the choral program grew in size and stature--winning state, regional, and national choral competitions. In the summers, he serves as a youth orchestra conductor and advanced chamber music coach for the Orion Chamber Music Society's summer festival. Mr. Brier has also served as a conductor and clinician in All-State choral music festivals. He has maintained a successful private violin studio since 2001. Currently, he is a private violin instructor at the University of Michigan's String Preparatory Program.
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