Professional singer and voice teacher, with over 10 years of teaching experience. Comfortable with Classical, Music Theater, and CCM styles. Lessons are tailored to the needs of each student, building upon their inherent strengths to help tackle issues that impede the voice as a reliable instrument. Students learn good posture, efficient breath control, and healthy phonation to free the voice, expand healthy range, and increase efficiency toward building longevity of the voice. Ultimately, students gain greater coordinated control of the involuntary muscles that facilitate healthy singing. Acting, ear training, basic music theory, history, and text analysis lessons are included to advance their musicianship and enrich their experience.
Brendan is currently a visiting lecturer of voice at Plymouth State University, is a faculty member of New England Conservatory’s School of Continuing Education, and is a former Massachusetts Governor of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He also has appeared on the radio waves as a guest judge for the WERS All A Capella Live! competition. Former students have gone to study at institutions such as Boston Conservatory at Berklee, King’s College in London, Penn State University, Salem State University, Florida Southern College, and CAP 21.
Most recently, Brendan made his Seiji Ozawa Hall debut performing Schubert’s Mass in G with the Berkshire Lyric Chorus. Brendan played George Gibbs in Monadnock Music’s production of Ned Rorem’s Our Town, the premiere recording of which was released on New World Records. Brendan can also be heard in Cape Ann Opera’s recording of Robert J. Bradshaw’s steampunk opera Deus Ex Machina, which received three Global Music Awards. He recently premiered the role of Nurse in Hannah Lash’s Beowulf with Guerilla Opera. Past performances include Fenton in Falstaff and Laurie in Little Women with Boston Opera Collaborative and Tamino in The Magic Flute with MassOpera. Concert performances include engagements with the Amherst College Symphony, Nashua Symphony, Greater New Bedford Choral Society, Choral Art Society of the South Shore, and MIT Symphony Orchestra.
He holds a Master’s degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from The Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in Music at The University of Massachusetts-Amherst, with further study at the Scuola Italia in Urbania, Italy.