Ryan James Brandau

Host, Sounds Choral

Ryan James Brandau brings to the podium broad experience conducting a variety of choral and orchestral ensembles. He is the Artistic Director of the Amor Artis, a 35-voice chamber chorus and orchestra in New York City. He is also the Artistic Director of Princeton Pro Musica and the Monmouth Civic Chorus. In addition, Dr. Brandau serves on the faculty of Westminster Choir College, where he has prepared the Westminster Symphonic Choir for performances with the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Formerly, he was Director of Choral Activities at Santa Clara University and Artistic Director of the Santa Clara Chorale and Choirmaster of the acclaimed all-professional choir of Christ Church, New Haven. He has worked with a variety of other professional, community, collegiate, children’s and church ensembles. As a professional singer, Ryan has been heard with ensembles in the US, Europe, and Asia, including the American Bach Soloists, the Choir of King’s College Cambridge, 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 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 and received the Horatio Parker Memorial Prize.  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. He received his B.A. in music, magna cum laude, from Princeton University.

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Host Ryan Brandau explores the music of Josquin des Prez and Robert Fayrfax on Sounds Choral this Sunday (2/7),  including selections from a new album released by Stile Antico. Listen at 2 pm.

Host Ryan Brandau shares some of his holiday favorites, in this journey through the Christmas holiday in music featuring tunes from the Renaissance through today. Enjoy Sounds Choral this Sunday (12/27) at 2 pm.

This week's Sounds Choral brings the soothing, reflective German Requiem by Johannes Brahms. Join host Ryan Brandau Sunday (11/8) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral presents a special three-week series focusing on the way the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the choral world. Our regular roster of Sounds Choral hosts joins David Osenberg for a Zoom roundtable discussion about the way the pandemic has shut down choral performances and how their ensembles have reacted.

Sounds Choral this week visits with the vocal quartet New York Polyphony.  Join host Ryan Brandau this Sunday (9/20) at 2 pm as he speaks with members of this GRAMMY-nominated ensemble about their history, and plays their favorite recordings, including selections from their latest release, Lamentationes.

Sounds Choral this week features the recording of Paul Moravec's "Sanctuary Road," adapted from the writings of William Still, a conductor on the Underground Railroad. Listen Sunday (7/5) at 2 pm.

Host Ryan Brandau presents some of the choral music of Thomas Tallis, including Spem in Alium, this Sunday (5/3) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral this Sunday (4/12 at 2 pm) features music for Easter by Bach and Handel, plus works from the 19th and 20th centuries. Ryan Brandau hosts.

Sounds Choral host Ryan James Brandau explores the first major choral setting of the Diary of Anne Frank - James Whitbourn's "Annelies" - with a recording by the Westminster Williamson Voices, which first premiered the work. Listen Sunday (3/8) at 2 pm.

Host Ryan Brandau presents selections from Handel's oratorio Solomon on Sounds Choral this Sunday (2/2) at 2 pm. 

Host Ryan Brandau, artistic director of Princeton Pro Musica, Monmouth Civic Chorus and Amor Artists, shares some of his most treasured carols for the Christmas season this Sunday (12/22 at 2 pm) on Sounds Choral, plus a tribute to the late Stephen Cleobury, former Director of Music at the Choir of Kings College, Cambridge.

James Ryan Brandau, artistic director of Princeton Pro Musica and Amor Artis, presents two English requiems on Sounds Choral this Sunday (6/9 at 3 pm) - works by Herbert Howells and John Rutter.

Sounds Choral this Sunday (4/28 at 2 pm) marks Orthodox Easter with Maximillian Steinberg's Passion Week and Ēriks Ešenvalds' Passion and Resurrection. Ryan Brandau hosts this week's program.

Host Ryan James Brandau this Sunday (3/10 at 2 pm) on Sounds Choral presents works by German Baroque composer Heinrich Schutz.

Host Ryan Brandau explores various settings of the Te Deum this on Sounds Choral this Sunday (1/27 at 2 pm). Enjoy a selection of works by composers including Charpentier, Handel, Britten and Part.

Host Ryan Brandau shares some of his treasured Christmas favorites, including motets and carols through the ages. Enjoy this Christmas-themed program Sunday (12/23) at 2 pm.

Host Ryan Brandau, Artistic Director of Princeton Pro Musica and Amor Artis, presents some rarely heard choral works by Johannes Brahms this Sunday (10/28) on Sounds Choral at 2 pm. The musical selections will include Brahms' Alto Rhapsody, Nanie and Schicksalslied.

Sounds Choral this Sunday (6/10 at 2 pm) features settings of Walt Whitman's Drum Taps. Host Ryan Brandau presents Vaughan Williams' Dona nobis pacem and works by Jeffrey Van.

Sounds Choral host Ryan Brandau presents excerpts from Handel's oratorio Israel in Egypt this Sunday at 2 pm.

Gabriel Crouch and Ryan Brandau co-host this week's Sounds Choral (4/22), sharing different recordings of Britten's War Requiem. Tune in Sunday at 2 pm.

Join host Ryan Brandau, artistic director of Princeton Pro Musica, as he presents Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass. Tune in at 2 pm.

Ryan James Brandau, artistic director of Princeton Pro Musica and adjunct assistant professor at Westminster Choir College, shares some of his favorite Easter motets and anthems this Sunday (4/1) on Sounds Choral. Tune in at 2 pm to hear Easter music from the Renaissance era and 19th and 20th centuries, plus Baroque works by Bach and Handel.

This Sunday on Sounds Choral (2/25), host Ryan Brandau surveys recordings of Monteverdi's Vespers 1610.  Tune in at 2 pm.

Your host for Sounds Choral Sunday (2/18), Ryan Brandau, will present Hubert Parry's Songs of Farewell, in tribute to the 100th centennial of Parry's death. Tune in at 2 pm.

Brandau is Artistic Director of Princeton Pro Music and and adjunct assistant professor at Westminster Choir College.

Host Ryan Brandau will explore the seven cantatas that make up this German Baroque masterpiece by Dietrich Buxtehude- Membra Jesu Nostri or The Limbs of our Jesus.

Enjoy this Christmas Eve edition of Sounds Choral as Ryan James Brandau continues his exploration of the Christmas music of JS Bach this week on Sounds Choral, Sunday (12/24) at 2 pm.

Host Ryan James Brandau begins a two-week series devoted to the Christmas music of JS Bach on Sounds Choral this week at 2 pm.

Brandau is a professor at Westminster Choir College and artistic director of Princeton Pro Musica.

This Sunday on Sounds Choral (11/5), Ryan Brandau, Artistic Director of Princeton Pro Musica, will lead listeners through a spotlight on Cambridge. He’ll sample some vintage recordings of the choirs of King’s College under Willcocks and Ledger and St. John’s College under George Guest. He’ll also share some recent sounds from Cambridge’s excellent mixed voice choirs, including recent recordings from Clare College Choir and Trinity College Choir. This beautiful afternoon of music highlights the astonishing diversity of sounds produced within one square mile! 

Ryan James Brandau, Westminster Choir College Professor and Artistic Director of Princeton ProMusica, is joined by Westminster Associate Professor and Chair of Conducting, Organ and Sacred Music Amanda Quist this Sunday (10/15 at 2 pm) on Sounds Choral. They will discuss the new CD Lumina, released last month by Westminster Kantorei and conducted by Quist, which features works of Hildegard von Bingen, J.S. Bach, Henry Purcell, Thomas Tallis, Felix Mendelssohn and Joseph Rheinberger.