is an emerging conductor who 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 Shin's Power and Light, Lavender's Battery, Boggs' Wanderlust: Beginnings and May's Essay for Chamber Orchestra. At home on the stage and in the pit, Mr. Brier recently conducted Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro in a semi-staged concert production. 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 Giancarlo Guerrero, Hugh Wolff, Jorma Panula, Alexander Polishchuk, Victor Yampolsky, Carl Topilow, and Ragnar Bohlin. Mr. Brier recently completed his graduate studies as a fellow at the University of Michigan’s conducting program where he studied orchestral conducting with Kenneth Kielser. He 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.
Summary of Experience
Music Director, Spectrum Orchestra
OCMS Summer Festival Conductor
Assistant Conductor, University of Michigan Symphony, Philharmonia, Campus Orchestras, Life Sciences Orchestra, and Contemporary Directions Ensemble
Assistant/Cover Conductor, Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra
Assistant Conductor, University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra
Prizewinner, St. Petersburg International Conducting Competition and Masterclass
Conductor, University of Michigan Orpheus Singers and Orchestra
Music Director and Director of Choral Activities, Trinity Christian School
OCMS Summer String Festival July 18, 2014 Bartók: Romanian Dances Other Repertoire TBD Spectrum Orchestra June 6, 2014 Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture, Op. 26 "Fingal's Cave" Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46 Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain Campus Symphony Orchestra April 8, 2014 Mendelssohn: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op. 27 University of Michigan Conducting Studio Concert April 3, 2014 Mozart: Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter" Stravinsky: Suite for Small Orchestra No. 2 Spectrum Orchestra March 14, 2014 Beethoven: Coriolanus Overture, Op. 62 Copland: A Lincoln Portrait Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 "Little Russian" University Symphony Orchestra Conducting Masterclass - Giancarlo Guerrero February 10, 2014 Brahms: Symphony No. 3 University Symphony Orchestra New Music Concert February 9, 2014 Shin: Power and Light for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra (World Premiere) Lavender: Battery for Orchestra (World Premiere) Spectrum Orchestra November 22, 2013 Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man Mozart: Symphony No. 38 "Prague" Stravinsky: Firebird (1919) University Philharmonia and Symphony Orchestras Halloween Concert October 27, 2013 Wagner: Tristan und Isolde - Liebestod University Symphony Orchestra September 27, 2013 Creston: Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra Le nozze di Figaro September 14 and 17, 2013 Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, KV. 492
Spectrum Orchestra June 7, 2014 Verdi: Overture to Nabucco Brahms: Violin Concerto Dvorak: Slavonic Dances, Op. 46 Life Sciences Orchestra April 28, 2013 Ravel: Mother Goose suite Spectrum Orchestra March 15, 2013 Dukas: Fanfare from La Peri Strauss: Serenade in E-flat Major, Op. 7 Tchaikovsky: Andante Cantabile for String Orchestra Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 "Reformation" University Symphony Orchestra New Music Concert February 10, 2013 Boggs: Wanderlust - Beginnings (World Premiere) Spectrum Orchestra November 30, 2012 Beethoven: Egmont Overture Bizet: Carmen Suite Tchaikovsky: Marche Slav University Philharmonia and Symphony Orchestras Halloween Concert October 28, 2012 De Falla: El Amor Brujo - Ritual Fire Dance
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