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Brian O'Connell

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Brian O'Connell, Ed.D. Director of University Choirs, Adjunct Faculty


Conducting and Vocal Pedagogy

Research Interest

Choral Conducting

Educational Background

B.S. in MusED, UMass/Lowell

M.M. in Choral Conducting, The Boston Conservatory

Certification in Voice Therapy, The Boston Conservatory, Ed.D. in Education/Music Education (Coursework complete)


Brian O'Connell directs the Chamber Singers and the University Choir and teaches Voice and Conducting. Brian teaches Secondary Choral Methods in the graduate program at The Boston Conservatory and is the director of the Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshop in Tuscany, during the summer. He has been on the faculties of Berklee College, Tufts University, Boston University, New England Conservatory and Northeastern. In 2009 he was the recipient of the Paul Smith Hall of Fame Award given by the MICCA organization, and in 2005 he was the first recipient of the Massachusetts ADCA Award for Choral Excellence. He is on the panel of adjudicators for The American Prize, and is a frequent clinician and guest conductor throughout the region.

Brian M. O'Connell — Director and Founder of the Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshop.

Brian received his Masters Degree in Choral Conducting and Certification in Voice Therapy from The Boston Conservatory. At Boston University he completed all his course work for his Doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching with Music Education emphasis.

Brian is currently Director of Choral Activities at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, where he directs the Chamber Singers, the University Chorale and teaches Conducting and Voice. Also, since 2004, Brian has served on the graduate faculty at The Boston Conservatory, where he teaches Secondary Choral Methods.

For fifteen years Brian was director of the Concert Choir at Berklee College of Music. For nine of those years he also served as Chairman of the Voice Department where he developed a unique curriculum geared to the contemporary singer that increased the number of vocal department majors from approximately 30 to 200.

He has been on the faculty of numerous colleges in the New England area such as Tufts University where for several years he served as the Director of Choral Activities. In 1995 he was appointed by Richard Colwell to develop the curriculum for and teach Graduate Choral Methods at New England Conservatory. At Boston University he taught Conducting I and II, Choral Methods and Choral Conducting. In addition, he spent a year as guest conductor at Northeastern University, where he directed the University Choral Society and Chamber Singers.

Performance studies with Lukas Foss. Voice studies with David Blair McClosky and Robert Gartside. Extensive conducting experience with adult choirs, as well as the Handel & Haydn Society Youth Chorus. Past President Massachusetts ACDA. In 2005, Brian was the first recipient of the Massachusetts ACDA Choral Excellence Award, and in 2009, he was inducted into MICCA's Paul Smith Hall of Fame.

Brian continues to be a sought after clinician and adjudicator, working with choral societies, college and high school choirs. In 2010, Brian joined the panel of judges for choral performance, voice & conducting for the national competition, The American Prize. For more information visit the Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshop website.

Brian is an accomplished contemporary a cappella singer, having performed for many years with the Boston based professional group No Strings Attached. He also currently adjudicates both collegiate and professional a cappella competitions throughout New England.