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Motets of William Byrd on Sounds Choral

Res Facta, a 14-voice professional vocal ensemble led by Artistic Director Ryan Brandau, prior to its most recent concert
Res Facta, a 14-voice professional vocal ensemble led by Artistic Director Ryan Brandau, prior to its most recent concert

Sounds Choral concludes its three-part series on works by William Byrd this Sunday (9/17 at 2 pm).

In this last of three programs devoted to William Byrd on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death, host Ryan Brandau returns to the motets of Byrd's Cantiones Sacrae. This episode features recordings from a recent performance by the 14-voice ensemble Res Facta, where Brandau serves as Artistic Director.

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.